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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,367 ratings  ·  268 reviews
The Phaedo is acknowledged to be one of Plato's masterpieces, showing him both as a philosopher and as a dramatist at the height of his powers. For its moving account of the execution of Socrates, the Phaedo ranks among the supreme literary achievements of antiquity. It is also a document crucial to the understanding of many ideas deeply ingrained in western culture, and p ...more
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Published 1993 by Oxford University Press (first published -380)
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Celebrity Death Match Special: Plato's Phaedo versus Philip José Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go

[Riverworld. Night. Numerous people are gathered around a campfire, including RICHARD BURTON, ALICE PLEASANCE LIDDELL, PLATO, BENJAMIN JOWETT, DANTE, DAVID HUME and FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. BURTON is addressing the others.]

BURTON: ... And for tonight's entertainment, as a unique favor, Plato has consented to perform for us Phaedo, his justly celebrated account of the death of Socrates. Professor Jowe
B. P. Rinehart
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read philosophy
"Such was the end of our comrade...a man who, we must say, was of all those we have known the best, and also the wisest and the most upright."

[March, 2013]

The grand finale of the wise man of Athens. This was Plato's account of Socrates last hours before his death. One has to say that while the Apology is the most "pop-friendly" of the Socratic dialogues, Phaedo is the greatest, personal, and most human of them all.

We are taught two things in this dialogue that have both set the tone of western
Κωνσταντινος Οδυσσεως
Το διαβάζω απο εκδόσεις βιβλιοπωλίον της Έστιας σε μεταφραση Ιωάννη Πετράκη.
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: greek, philosophy
Phaedo is the final part of Plato's (427-347 BCE) trilogy about the trial and death of his teacher, Socrates (469-399 BCE), and is preceded by the Apology and Crito . The Apology is a riveting account of Socrates' defense against the charges, his reaction to the verdict, and then his reaction to the sentence. Crito is a moving account of his reaction to an opportunity to escape his sentence. (I've written reviews for these in GR, if you're curious.) In this dialogue Plato has a young fr ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Το έργο του Πλάτωνα είναι μια πραγματεία "Περί ψυχής". Το θεωρώ ανώτερο του αντίστοιχου του Αριστοτέλη, αν και δηλώνω προτίμηση στον δεύτερο. Δεν παύει βέβαια να πραγματεύεται ένα θέμα μακράν ξεπερασμένο, για μένα, για το τι συμβαίνει στην ψυχή μετά το θάνατο ή πριν την γέννηση. Παρ' όλα αυτά, όπως όλοι οι πλατωνικοί διάλογοι, πολύ ευχάριστος.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Lovely read.
Philosophical Drama, story of Socrates before his death.
So descriptively he had explained the virtue of Death with several enumerations.
I guess, each line one can takes as a quote of this book.
So amazing book and Highly recommended to all readers.

Some of Finest Quotes are
"I am afraid that other people do not realize that the one aim of those who practice philosophy in the proper manner is to practice for dying and death." (Socrates)
"For whenever it attempts to examine anything with
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, philosophy
---Update 2017---

I did a quick read-through of this while traveling a couple of days ago. What stuck out to me this time was Simmias's analogy of the soul to the attunement of a lyre. One of Socartes's objections is that the attunement theory is inconsistent with the theory of recollection, itself not established, but also that the attunement theory does not explain the soul's rule of the body. I am wondering: if the soul rules the body, is this not rather proof that the soul and body are inextr
David Sarkies
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Classical Scholars
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: philosophy
Plato on life after death
26 October 2012

I have noticed that a number of people consider that this text is the crowning piece that defines the Western philosophical method. In a way I agree and in a way I disagree. In one sense one can see how the idea of the separation of the body and the soul has come down to us and which has formed a major part of Western spiritual thought and in turn forms one of the bases of what I tend to term as our civil religion. However there are two things that it is
Naim AlKalantani
Jiwa. Socrates bercerita mengenai jiwa. Paling aku tertarik ialah dengan masalah 1+2
Jimmy Ele
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being 33, and in a mood which is due to my weariness with the world, I can definitely sympathize with Socrates' character in this. As I scroll though face book, seeing as I am kind of addicted to anything that resembles social media, I see so many injustices calling out to me for my sad emoji face and/or anger emoji face. So many causes of injustice one could stand against.....for what though? So that I can be put on a list as a troublemaker only to be executed later on when I get too big for my ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
محاورة "فيدون" - او: في خلود النفس - تنتمي إلى مرحلة "نضج" أفلاطون، ولكن في رأي المترجم وأستاذ الفلسفة الدكتور عزت قرني في مقاله النقدي بنهاية الكتاب، فإن هذه المحاورة بعيدة عن أن تكون من الأعمال "المعتمدة" لأفلاطون، بمعنى أنها لا تحتوي على رأيه النهائي في القضية التي يناقشها، بل إن أسلوبها يميل أكثر إلى البحث والتأمل والشك أكثر من ان تكون ذات رأي قاطع في خلود النفس. أما أراؤه القاطعة فيفترض أن نجدها في محاورات "الجمهورية" و"فايدروس"و"المأدبة". وبالرغم من ذلك فهذه المحاورة تحتوي على أوضح تفسير ل ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Actually, I read the Grube translation and found it excellent.

This is the dialogue containing the description of Socrates’ last discussion with his disciples and of his death. It is related by Phaedo, who was with Socrates during these events, to Echecrates, who was not. The discussion begins with Socrates’ reflections on opposites, such as pleasure and pain, that define each other. This reflection is used to initiate a discussion on the nature of the soul and the nature of death, it being Socra
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

Socrates is dead. Phaedo has witnessed Socrates's death, and happens to run into a friend or acquaintance named Echecrates a few days later in the Greek city of Phlius. Socrates having had a reputation as an exceedingly wise man, Echecrates would like to know exactly what he said before his death. "Let's do this"... no, my mistake, I think that was Gary Gilmore. Where were we? Yes, that's right- Phaedo, apparently a reservoir of stamina, obliges Echecrates by reciting everything that Socrates sa
Vatroslav Herceg
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Naklada Jurčić
Zagreb, 1996.
Prijevod: Koloman Rac
Uvod i bilješke: Jure Zovko
Najbolje Platonovo djelo koje ikad pročitah!
Nije mi jasno zašto je Zovko napisao predgovor pretežito u obliku prepričavanja ovog filozofskog dijaloga? Prvo Jure Zovko prepriča što se sve govori u dijalogu, a onda čitatelj to i pročita u samom dijalogu? Mislim, ono....
U uvodu se navodi da ovaj dijalog posjeduje najljepši Platonov jezik u vidu toga da je jezik ovog djela ponajviše književnoumjetničke prirode. Jezik je sjaja
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[ μόλις ξεμπερδεψω με τις απανωτές αναγνώσεις του για τη σχολή, θα σας δώσω και την άποψη μου ]
"Critone, dobbiamo un gallo ad Asclepio, dateglielo, non ve ne dimenticate".
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Phaedo, though on the surface concerned with the immortality of the soul, also contains a very interesting explication of the theory of recollection, first brought forward in the Meno, as well as the closest Plato ever gets to both explaining his theory of forms and saying that God is an immaterial mind. The theory of recollection tells us that, when we see two equal objects, we know that the two are equal not in virtue of their actual equality, since they aren't actually equal, but in virtu ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il n'était pas inutile de relire ce dialogue, habituellement présenté avec "l'Apologie de Socrate" et "Criton". Ce dialogue est l'un des plus célèbre du fameux philosophe athénien. Il relate la mort de Socrate, condamné à boire la ciguë par un jugement l'ayant accusé d'impiété et de corruption de la jeunesse. Profitant d'un sursis dû à un pèlerinage commémorant l'époque de Thésée, ses amis le retrouvent dans sa prison, et profitent des derniers instants en sa compagnie pour philosopher sur la mo ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness Plato idealized Socrates so much otherwise so much about him would have been lost. I kind of put off reading this one because I knew that it dealt with death and the human soul, which is a subject that hangs over my head on occasion. Big mistake! This was as wonderful as Plato's other works, I always give Socrates this kind of saucy attitude in my mind, he is so quick! I wonder how much of this was actually said or what just carried over from other discussions with Socrates during ...more
Bogdan Raț
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Toată lumea
„Și de unde să-l luăm, Socrate, pe descântătorul minunat ce vindecă de spaime, de unde, dacă tu ne părăsești?”
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very readable and reliable translation from Brann, Kalkavage and Salem. Terms are translated consistently, and the glossary is a useful guide to understanding both the etymology of the words translated and the ways in which Plato uses the terms, as well as related terms. (Explaining in a succinct way the relation and differences between Being [ousia], beings [ta onta], the Forms [eide], and "looks" [idea] is not easy, and here it is necessarily over-simplified, but the glossary entry can be he ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Socrates' last discussion before being executed as recorded by Plato from the perspective of Socrates' former students, Phaedo...
The discussion expounds on the afterlife and the soul's immortality to which he presents four arguments:
1. Argument from Opposites - i.e. a perpetual cycle of life and death, when we die we do not stay dead, but come back to life after a time.
2. Theory of Recollection - i.e. learning is actually recollecting what is already known
3. Argument from Affinity - i.e. there
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Phaedo would have been much easier to understand if he communicated with someone who had more brain capacity than a chestnut.

In summary:
Socrates: Bla bla bla!
Cebes and Simmias: But why do you think that!?
Socrates: Poop bla bla bla!
Cebes and Simmias: Oh.....but what about goop de floop?
Socrates: No! No goop de floop! Poop bla bla bla!
Cebes and Simmas: Oh.... okay.
Socrates: Do you understand?
Cebes and Simmas: No...we don't want to offend you because you're about to die.
Socrates: I WANT to talk abo
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
What I like about Plato’s dialogues is how accessible they are. Much of Western thought is based on Plato's writings, so you can’t get much more academic than that, but at the same time, Plato isn’t hard. You don’t have to have special skills or been formally trained in philosophy to enjoy and understand Plato. Pheado is one of Plato’s later dialogues so it, probably, represents Plato’s own viewpoints rather than Socrates’. As for the philosophy itself, I like the proofs for the pre-existence of ...more
I am mostly annoyed at how unmoving Socrates ordeal is dealt with. This dialogue falls quite short with respect to its predecessors - Apology and Crito. Plato tediously explains death, after death, soul and man's perpetual search for immortality. The narration is bleak, which isn't unexpected but makes Socrates irritatingly opaque.
May 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Socrates is a dick. He likes to hear himself talk even more than I do. That's probably why they killed him. It was the only way to get him to shut the fuck up.
Gabriel Congdon
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Alright! The final panel in my platonic quadriptych! It’s been a great ride through antiquity and I thank everyone who's joined me on this jaunt.

It all started with my salacious review of the Symposium. Then a quick < ja accuse / > for the Trail and Apology, what did I say about Apology? Hmm, it eludes me.

And now, the fightin' Phaedo!

Again, again I think of the Renaissance scribe. (I’m a Renaissance fiend “But I am doing much better, thank you for asking”). I think of th
Incek Akim
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thukul-cetak
Pening juga nak fahamkan premis ayat-ayat falsafah ni rupanya. Watak Khaidir & Hussin turut membimbing mainan emosi ketika pembacaan. Di awal/akhir setiap bab, disisipkan kisah 2 sahabat dalam penjara ni, mirip seperti apa yang sedang dihadapi oleh Socrates itu sendiri.

Mujur la aku pernah baca buku Filsuf Untuk Noob, karya Dayang Sifar sebelum baca buku ni. Dapat la sikit-sikit gambaran awal dunia ahli filsuf & falsafah klasik ni macam mana. Ringkasnya, buku ini menarik.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Far from being abstract speculation, this dialogue is immediately relevant to us all, as Socrates winsomely argues for the immortality of the soul on the day that he knows he is to die. It fills me with the desire to attain wisdom and virtue through practicing philosophy--the true philosophy, Christianity--so that I too can die well.
Antonio Papadourakis
Η βαθμολόγηση είναι για το κείμενο (περί της αθανασίας της ψυχής), που κατά την γνώμη μου είναι ένα από τα καλύτερα (αν και δύσκολο στην κατανόηση) έργο του Πλάτωνα.
Δυστυχώς το διάβασα από την μετάφραση του Ι.Πετράκη (Εστία) που είναι πολύ 'ακαδημαϊκή', δηλαδή δίνει μεγαλύτερο βάρος στην πιστότητα της μεταφοράς (σχεδόν κατά λέξη) και λιγότερο στη ροή και στην ζωντάνια του κειμένου, που για μένα είναι το ζητούμενο, με αποτέλεσμα ένα δύσκολο κείμενο να γίνεται εντελώς δυσνόητο και σε αναγκάζει να
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(Greek: Πλάτων) (Arabic: أفلاطون) (Alternate Spelling: Platon, Platón, Platone)
Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western p
“There is also a third kind of madness, which is possession by the Muses, enters into a delicate and virgin soul, and there inspiring frenzy, awakens lyric....But he, who, not being inspired and having no touch of madness in his soul, comes to the door and thinks he will get into the temple by the help of art--he, I say, and his poetry are not admitted; the sane man is nowhere at all when he enters into rivalry with the madman.” 28 likes
“if you are willing to reflect on the courage and moderation of other people, you will find them strange...they all consider death a great evil...and the brave among them face death, when they do, for fear of greater evils...therefore, it is fear and terror that make all men brave, except for philosophers. yet it is illogical to be brave through fear and cowardice...what of the moderate among them? is their experience not similar?...they master certain pleasures because they are mastered by others...i fear this is not the right exchange to attain virtue, to exchange pleasures for pleasures, pains for pains, and fears for fears, the greater for the less like coins, but that they only valid currency for which all these things should be exchanged is wisdom.” 22 likes
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