The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; Phaedo - The Original Classic Edition

The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; Phaedo - The Original Classic Edition

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As Socrates abstained from recording his philosophies, we must thank Plato for having the insight to preserve Socratic thoughts for posterity. As a student of Socrates, it seems that Plato, through his own writings, attempts to preserve the memory of his well respected teacher.


In The Last Days of Socrates, Plato begins with Euthyphro and we see the Socratic

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As Socrates abstained from recording his philosophies, we must thank Plato for having the insight to preserve Socratic thoughts for posterity. As a student of Socrates, it seems that Plato, through his own writings, attempts to preserve the memory of his well respected teacher.


In The Last Days of Socrates, Plato begins with Euthyphro and we see the Socratic method in action. Socrates and Euthyphro discuss the nature of piety, and through a serious of thought provoking questions, Socrates argues for what he feels is the proper relationship between Man and God.


Next, Plato discusses the trial of Socrates by the Athenian aristocracy. Again, we see Socrates using his rhetorical skills in illustrating the hypocrisy and prejudice pervading throughout the Athenian government. Socrates discusses what role a good citizen should play in government. He announces his being a gadfly on the hide of the establishment, and we also find Socrates exposing his own intelligence by claiming that he, in fact, knows very little. The Apology is by far my personal favorite section of the book.


After Socrates conviction, we find him discussing the morality of obeying or breaking laws in Crito. He meets with one of his close friends and the two discuss Socrates options in regard to his death sentence. Here we see Socrates espouse the belief that it is acceptable to break an unjust law, however, one must also accept the consequences for breaking said law in order to preserve the stability of society.


The Last Days of Socrates tackles many complex issues which are as relevant today as they were when first committed to paper in the 4th century B.C. This should be standard reading for any introductory course in political theory, and a must have for anyone interested in philosophy or ethics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781486415922
Publisher:
Emereo Publishing
Publication date:
10/24/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
File size:
325 KB

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The LAST DAYS OF SOCRATES contains the dialogues Euythro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo. The Euythro is about Socrates talking to a pious man about either it is right or wrong to persecute the man's father. Apology is Socrates' famous defence speech when he is persecuted for impiety and corrupting the youths. Crito is about Socrates' friend Crito, trying to get Socrates to escaped from prison, but instead it ends up as a dialogue about duty. Phaedo is one of the most important dialogues of Plato, and tells about Socrates' death, and the belief of the immortality of the soul. All in all, Hugh Tredennick is an excellent translation where you read true Platonic grandeur.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting points! Boy, does Socrates like to talk! :)
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