The Trial and Death of Socrates

The Trial and Death of Socrates

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by Plato
     
 

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This book consists of THE EUTHYPHRON, APOLOGY, CRITO, AND PHAEDO OF PLATO, which contain Plato's description of his great master Socrates' life, work, and death.

The dialogues in this book contain a unique picture of Socrates in the closing scenes of his life, his trial, his imprisonment, and his death. And they contain a description also of that unflagging

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This book consists of THE EUTHYPHRON, APOLOGY, CRITO, AND PHAEDO OF PLATO, which contain Plato's description of his great master Socrates' life, work, and death.

The dialogues in this book contain a unique picture of Socrates in the closing scenes of his life, his trial, his imprisonment, and his death. And they contain a description also of that unflagging search after truth, that persistent and merciless examination and sifting of men who were wise only in their own conceit, to which his latter years were devoted. Within these limits he is the most familiar figure of ancient Greek history. No one else stands out before us with so individual and distinct a personality of his own. Of the rest of Socrates' life, however, we are almost completely ignorant. All that we know of it consists of a few scattered and isolated facts, most of which are referred to in these dialogues. A considerable number of stories are told about him by late writers: but to scarcely any of them can credit be given.Plato and Xenophon are almost the only trust-worthy authorities about him who remain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015127027
Publisher:
Balefire Publishing
Publication date:
09/04/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
213
Sales rank:
807,766
File size:
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Meet the Author

Plato (424/423 BC - 348/347 BC) was 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 philosophy and science.

In the words of A. N. Whitehead: The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato. I do not mean the systematic scheme of thought which scholars have doubtfully extracted from his writings. I allude to the wealth of general ideas scattered through them.

Plato's sophistication as a writer is evident in his Socratic dialogues; thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters have been ascribed to him. Plato's writings have been published in several fashions; this has led to several conventions regarding the naming and referencing of Plato's texts. Plato's dialogues have been used to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric, and mathematics.

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The manuscript was run off on a copy machine. Words are small and blurry. You cannot enlarge the print because of the manner in which they copied it. Do not bother downlaoding this version. Try another.
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I read this book for school and am really glad that i did. I learned a lot from it and really enjoyed it. I would suggest anyone read it. It might be difficult to read and understand for kids younger than twelve and anyone younger than that probably would not enjoy it either. I found it very interesting though.