The Power of Plato: An Anthology of New Translations

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Plato is without doubt one of the most important thinkers who has ever lived, and his voice still resonates through all the disciplines of our time - politics, justice, law, ethics, beauty, art, education, mathematics, religion, cosmology, language and the afterlife are all embraced in his works. The new translations in this collection seek to reveal the unsurpassed power of his writing, which ultimately lies in the fact that he was as much a ...

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United Kingdom 2002 Paperback New 0715631608. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED--160 pages; 5 1/4 8 3/4 inches-SEE IMPORTANT INTRODUCTION BY THE EDITOR-A ... collection of Plato's work showing the unsurpassed power of his writing, which ultimately lies in the fact that he was as much a literary as a philosophic genius. -Plato is without doubt one of the most important thinkers who has ever lived, and his voice still resonates through all the disciplines of our time-politics, justice, law, ethics, beauty, art, education, mathematics, religion, cosmology, language and the afterlife are all embraced in his works. The new translations in this collection seek to reveal the unsurpassed power of his writing, which ultimately lies in the fact that he was as much a literary as a philosophic genius. An introduction on the life, works, influences and philosophy of Plato sets the scene for the anthology of translations that follow, which pay special attention to the meanings of key words and phrases and in Read more Show Less

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Overview

Plato is without doubt one of the most important thinkers who has ever lived, and his voice still resonates through all the disciplines of our time - politics, justice, law, ethics, beauty, art, education, mathematics, religion, cosmology, language and the afterlife are all embraced in his works. The new translations in this collection seek to reveal the unsurpassed power of his writing, which ultimately lies in the fact that he was as much a literary as a philosophic genius.

An introduction on the life, works, influences and philosophy of Plato sets the scene for the anthology of translations that follow, which pay special attention to the meanings of key words and phrases and in several cases seek to replicate the structure and feel of the original Greek. The book concludes with a short essay on the philosophical dispute with Plato’s most famous pupil, Aristotle.

The Power of Plato is for all those searching for a first insight into the genius of Plato, for students wishing to translate and understand his works, and for those already familiar with his writings who welcome a fresh approach to the teachings of the greatest European philosopher.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780715631607
  • Publisher: Duckworth Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/21/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Stephen Hill is co-editor of Dhatu-Patha: The Roots of Language, and author of the companion volume Concordia: The Roots of European Thought, both published by Duckworth.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note 7
Introduction 11
1 Portraits of Socrates 31
2 The Death of Socrates 39
3 Creation and the Ages 44
4 The Use and Misuse of Language and Number 49
5 The Sophists and Education 58
6 Politics and Society 67
7 Life and Living 74
8 Law and Justice 80
9 Measure and Proportion 87
10 Knowledge and the Forms 92
11 Love, Beauty and the Good 101
12 The Soul and Immortality 107
App Plato's Divided Line 118
Afterword: The Platonic-Aristotelian Controversy 120
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