Six Great Dialogues

Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, The Republic

Author: Plato

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486114864

Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

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Plato's Dialogues rank among Western civilization's most important and influential philosophical works. These 6 selections of his major works explore a broad range of enduringly relevant issues. Authoritative Jowett translations.

The Trial and Death of Socrates (Third Edition)

Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Death Scene from Phaedo

Author: Plato,George Maximilian Anthony Grube,John Madison Cooper

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872205543

Category: Philosophy

Page: 64

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This third edition of 'The Trial and Death of Socrates' presents G. M. A. Grube's distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for 'Plato, Complete Works'. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with a Select Bibliography. John M. Cooper is Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University.

Great Dialogues of Plato

Author: Plato

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780451527455

Category: Philosophy

Page: 525

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The complete texts of The Republic , The Apology , Crito , Phaedo , Ion , Meno , Euthydemus , and Symposium in W.H.D. Rouse's widely-acclaimed translation. Pronouncing index, the Greek Alphabet.

Essential Dialogues of Plato

Author: Plato

Publisher: Digireads.Com

ISBN: 9781420948240

Category: Philosophy

Page: 812

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Thirteen of Plato's most well-known dialogues are included in the collection "Essential Dialogues of Plato." Plato was a learned student of the early philosopher Socrates. Because Socrates did not write any works before his untimely death, Pluto took Socrates' beliefs and expressed them through imagined dialogues between the philosopher and his students. It was the first time in Western history that a philosophical dialectic between the teacher and student was developed. In the dialogues, Socrates and a student discuss multiple aspects of life through a similar structure. The student, in his ignorance, makes a wide, generalized statement, and Socrates then questions their thought processes. While Socrates was not trying to push his students into thinking a certain way, he wanted his students to discover their own truths through rational thinking and questioning the world. Plato showed this poignantly in his dialogues, which preserved his teacher's legacy while solidifying Plato himself as one of the most unique literary minds in early Western civilization. Plato not only fleshes out the characters and creates narrative story arcs in his dialogues, but he even injects humor and wit into his works. Some of the works included in this text are "Ion," "Gorgias," "Phaedrus," "Crito," and "Laws." "Essential Dialogues of Plato" is a must-read for any serious student of philosophy as well as those with an interest in Western values and beliefs.

Selected Dialogues of Plato

The Benjamin Jowett Translation

Author: Plato

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 0307423611

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato have long been classics in their own right. In this volume, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett's renderings of five key dialogues, giving us a modern Plato faithful to both Jowett's best features and Plato's own masterly style. Gathered here are many of Plato's liveliest and richest texts. Ion takes up the question of poetry and introduces the Socratic method. Protagoras discusses poetic interpretation and shows why cross-examination is the best way to get at the truth. Phaedrus takes on the nature of rhetoric, psychology, and love, as does the famous Symposium. Finally, Apology gives us Socrates' art of persuasion put to the ultimate test--defending his own life. Pelliccia's new Introduction to this volume clarifies its contents and addresses the challenges of translating Plato freshly and accurately. In its combination of accessibility and depth, Selected Dialogues of Plato is the ideal introduction to one of the key thinkers of all time. From the Hardcover edition.

The Art of Living

Socratic Reflections from Plato to Foucault

Author: Alexander Nehamas

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520224906

Category: History

Page: 283

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In this wide-ranging, brilliantly written account, Nehamas provides an incisive reevaluation of Socrates' place in the Western philosophical tradition and shows the importance of Socrates for Montaigne, Nietzsche, and Foucault.

Great Dialogues of Plato

Author: Plato

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101212981

Category: Philosophy

Page: 672

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Written in the form of debates, Great Dialogues of Plato comprises the most influential body of philosophy of the Western world—covering every subject from art and beauty to virtue and the nature of love.

Memorabilia

Author: Xenophon,Amy L. Bonnette,Christopher J. Bruell

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801481710

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 170

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An essential text for understanding Socrates, Xenophon's Memorabilia is the compelling tribute of an affectionate student to his teacher, providing a rare firsthand account of Socrates' life and philosophy. The Memorabilia is invaluable both as a work of philosophy in its own right and as a complement to the study of Plato's dialogues. The longest of Xenophon's four Socratic works, it is particularly revealing about the differences between Socrates and his philosophical predecessors. Far more obviously than Plato in the dialogues, Xenophon calls attention in the Memorabilia to his own relationship with Socrates. A colorful and fully engaged writer, Xenophon aims above all to convince his readers of the greatness of Socrates' thought and the disgracefulness of his conviction on a capital charge. In thirty-nine chapters, Xenophon presents Socrates as an ordinary person and as a great benefactor to those associated with him.

Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing

Author: Christopher Rowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139467794

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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Plato's dialogues are usually understood as simple examples of philosophy in action. In this book Professor Rowe treats them rather as literary-philosophical artefacts, shaped by Plato's desire to persuade his readers to exchange their view of life and the universe for a different view which, from their present perspective, they will barely begin to comprehend. What emerges is a radically new Plato: a Socratic throughout, who even in the late dialogues is still essentially the Plato (and the Socrates) of the Apology and the so-called 'Socratic' dialogues. This book aims to understand Plato both as a philosopher and as a writer, on the assumption that neither of these aspects of the dialogues can be understood without the other. The argument of the book is closely based in Plato's text, but should be accessible to any serious reader of Plato, whether professional philosopher, classicist, or student.

Plato's Symposium

The Ethics of Desire

Author: Frisbee C. C. Sheffield

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199567816

Category: Philosophy

Page: 252

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Frisbee Sheffield argues that the Symposium has been unduly marginalized by philosophers. Although the topic - eros - and the setting at a symposium have seemed anomalous, she demonstrates that both are intimately related to Plato's preoccupation with the nature of the good life, with virtue, and how it is acquired and transmitted. For Plato, analysing our desires is a way of reflecting on the kind of people we will turn out to be and on our chances of leading a worthwhile and happy life. In its focus on the question why he considered desires to be amenable to this type of reflection, this book explores Plato's ethics of desire.

The Will to Believe and Human Immortality

Author: William James

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486119076

Category: Psychology

Page: 448

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Two books bound together, from religious period of one of the most renowned and representative thinkers. Illuminations of age-old religious questions from a pragmatic perspective, written in a luminous style.

Dialogues of Plato

Author: Plato,Justin Kaplan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671525247

Category: Philosophy

Page: 386

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A collection of Plato's dialogs addresses the importance of cross-examination in the search for truth, the nature of rhetoric and love, and the art of persuasion.

Socrates and Philosophy in the Dialogues of Plato

Author: Sandra Peterson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139497979

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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In Plato's Apology, Socrates says he spent his life examining and questioning people on how best to live, while avowing that he himself knows nothing important. Elsewhere, however, for example in Plato's Republic, Plato's Socrates presents radical and grandiose theses. In this book Sandra Peterson offers a hypothesis which explains the puzzle of Socrates' two contrasting manners. She argues that the apparently confident doctrinal Socrates is in fact conducting the first step of an examination: by eliciting his interlocutors' reactions, his apparently doctrinal lectures reveal what his interlocutors believe is the best way to live. She tests her hypothesis by close reading of passages in the Theaetetus, Republic and Phaedo. Her provocative conclusion, that there is a single Socrates whose conception and practice of philosophy remain the same throughout the dialogues, will be of interest to a wide range of readers in ancient philosophy and classics.

Ethical Consensus and the Truth of Laughter

The Structure of Moral Transformations

Author: Hub Zwart

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789039004128

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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We participate in moral debate, instead of taking established morality for granted, because of our discontent with the moral discourse already existing. We feel that something is distorted or concealed, that something remains to be said. One of the strategies to expose the deficiencies of established discourse is critical argument, but under certain specific historical circumstances, the apparent self-evidence of established moral discourse has gained such a dominance, has acquired such an ability to conceal its basic vulnerability, that its validity simply seems beyond contestation. Notwithstanding our discontent, we remain unable to challenge the established truth effectively. Then, all of a sudden, its vulnerability is revealed - and this is the experience of laughter. Moral criticism is preceded by laughter. In fact, all crucial transformations that emerged in the history of morality were accompanied by and made possible by laughter and moral criticism is basically and originally a comic genre. After drawing an outline of the present moral regime in chapter one, the moral significance of laughter is recovered with the help of four 'philosophers of laughter' in chapter two, namely Bakhtin, Nietzsche, Bataille and Foucault. Laughter allows reality to appear in a certain light, it contains a basic truth, it is a philosophical principle in its own right that cannot be reduced to or identified with the truth of science. In the subsequent chapters it is shown how three crucial moral transformations, occuring in the fourth century B.C., the sixteenth century A.D. and the nineteenth century A.D. evolved out of an experience of laughter, articulated by three outstanding protagonists of laughter presented in this book: Socrates, Luther and Ibsen. Finally, the significance of the experience of laughter in view of the present is discussed.

Plato's Meno

Author: Dominic Scott

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139449222

Category: Philosophy

Page: 238

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Given its brevity, Plato's Meno covers an astonishingly wide array of topics: politics, education, virtue, definition, philosophical method, mathematics, the nature and acquisition of knowledge and immortality. Its treatment of these, though profound, is tantalisingly short, leaving the reader with many unresolved questions. This book confronts the dialogue's many enigmas and attempts to solve them in a way that is both lucid and sympathetic to Plato's philosophy. Reading the dialogue as a whole, it explains how different arguments are related to one another and how the interplay between characters is connected to the philosophical content of the work. In a new departure, this book's exploration focuses primarily on the content and coherence of the dialogue in its own right and not merely in the context of other dialogues, making it required reading for all students of Plato, be they from the world of classics or philosophy.

Aristotle's Dialogue with Socrates

On the "Nicomachean Ethics"

Author: Ronna Burger

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226080544

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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What is the good life for a human being? Aristotle’s exploration of this question in the Nicomachean Ethics has established it as a founding work of Western philosophy, though its teachings have long puzzled readers and provoked spirited discussion. Adopting a radically new point of view, Ronna Burger deciphers some of the most perplexing conundrums of this influential treatise by approaching it as Aristotle’s dialogue with the Platonic Socrates. Tracing the argument of the Ethics as it emerges through that approach, Burger’s careful reading shows how Aristotle represents ethical virtue from the perspective of those devoted to it while standing back to examine its assumptions and implications. “This is the best book I have read on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. It is so well crafted that reading it is like reading the Ethics itself, in that it provides an education in ethical matters that does justice to all sides of the issues.”—Mary P. Nichols, Baylor University

Gorgias and Timaeus

Author: Plato

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486112047

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Gorgias addresses the temptations of success and the rewards of a moral life while Timaeus explains the world in terms not only of physical laws but also of metaphysical and religious principles.

Laches and Charmides

Author: Plato

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1624660819

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

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Rosamond Kent Sprague’s translations of the Laches and Charmides are highly regarded, and relied on, for their lucidity and philosophical acuity. This edition includes notes by Sprague and an updated bibliography.