Phaedo / Edition 1

Phaedo / Edition 1

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by Plato
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198720491

ISBN-13: 9780198720492

Pub. Date: 10/28/1975

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Translated with an introduction and commentary by R. Hackforth

A translation with introduction and commentary of Plato's Phaedo. This celebrated dialogue describes the last conversations in prison between Socrates and his friends. Socrates' bearing in the last hours before his execution, the devotion of his friends, the admiration of his jailer, and his reasoned

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Translated with an introduction and commentary by R. Hackforth

A translation with introduction and commentary of Plato's Phaedo. This celebrated dialogue describes the last conversations in prison between Socrates and his friends. Socrates' bearing in the last hours before his execution, the devotion of his friends, the admiration of his jailer, and his reasoned conviction that the human soul survives the death of the body are all portrayed with moving simplicity and admiration.

Professor Hackforth here translated the dialogue for the student and general reader. There is a running commentary on the course of the argument and the meaning of the key Greek terms, and a full introduction to explain the philosophical background and the place of this work among Plato's writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198720492
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1975
Series:
Clarendon Plato Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
List of Abbreviationsx
Introduction
IThe purpose of the dialogue and its position in the Platonic writings3
IIStylometric arguments. The transcendent forms8
IIIThe nature of the soul11
IVThe characters12
VThe arguments for the immortality of the soul16
VIArguments for immortality in other dialogues19
Translation and Commentary
I57A-59C: Introductory conversation27
II59C-62C: Socrates as poet. The wickedness of suicide32
III62C-64C: The philosopher's readiness to die39
IV64C-67B: The philosopher's detachment from the body44
V67B-69E: Moral virtue, genuine and spurious52
VI69E-72D: The first argument for immortality. The cycle of opposites58
VII72E-77A: A complementary argument. The theory of recollection66
VIII77A-78B: Combined results of the two preceding arguments. Socrates as charmer78
IX78B-80C: Third argument. The kinship of souls and forms81
X80C-82D: The after-life of unpurified souls87
XI82D-85B: Socrates describes the philosopher's progress and declares his swan-song to be a song of joy92
XII85B-88B: Simmias and Cebes explain their doubts97
XIII88C-91C: Interlude. A warning against 'misology'105
XIV91C-95A: Refutation of Simmias's theory of soul112
XV95A-99D: Socrates as student of natural science121
XVI99D-102A: The new method of hypothesis133
XVII102A-105B: The exclusion of opposites147
XVIII105B-107B: The argument concluded. Soul is both deathless and indestructible158
XIX107C-110B: Myth of the after-life167
XX110B-112E: The splendour of the true earth. The rivers of the underworld176
XXI112E-115A: The myth concluded. Its truth and value182
XXII115B-118: The last scene187
Additional Notes191
The Criticisms of Strato195
Index of Names199

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A very dense and perplexing argument for the existence and immortality of the soul...and a great ending
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