Volume I, Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Phaedrus (Loeb Classical Library)

Volume I, Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo. Phaedrus (Loeb Classical Library)

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by Plato, A. E. Taylor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674990404

ISBN-13: 9780674990401

Pub. Date: 01/28/1914

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Plato, the great philosopher of Athens, was born in 427 BCE. In early manhood an admirer of Socrates, he later founded the famous school of philosophy in the grove Academus. Much else recorded of his life is uncertain; that he left Athens for a time after Socrates' execution is probable; that later he went to Cyrene, Egypt, and Sicily is possible; that he was

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Plato, the great philosopher of Athens, was born in 427 BCE. In early manhood an admirer of Socrates, he later founded the famous school of philosophy in the grove Academus. Much else recorded of his life is uncertain; that he left Athens for a time after Socrates' execution is probable; that later he went to Cyrene, Egypt, and Sicily is possible; that he was wealthy is likely; that he was critical of 'advanced' democracy is obvious. He lived to be 80 years old. Linguistic tests including those of computer science still try to establish the order of his extant philosophical dialogues, written in splendid prose and revealing Socrates' mind fused with Plato's thought.

In Laches, Charmides, and Lysis, Socrates and others discuss separate ethical conceptions. Protagoras, Ion, and Meno discuss whether righteousness can be taught. In Gorgias, Socrates is estranged from his city's thought, and his fate is impending. The Apology (not a dialogue), Crito, Euthyphro, and the unforgettable Phaedo relate the trial and death of Socrates and propound the immortality of the soul. In the famous Symposium and Phaedrus, written when Socrates was still alive, we find the origin and meaning of love. Cratylus discusses the nature of language. The great masterpiece in ten books, the Republic, concerns righteousness (and involves education, equality of the sexes, the structure of society, and abolition of slavery). Of the six so-called dialectical dialogues Euthydemus deals with philosophy; metaphysical Parmenides is about general concepts and absolute being; Theaetetus reasons about the theory of knowledge. Of its sequels, Sophist deals with not-being; Politicus with good and bad statesmanship and governments; Philebus with what is good. The Timaeus seeks the origin of the visible universe out of abstract geometrical elements. The unfinished Critias treats of lost Atlantis. Unfinished also is Plato's last work of the twelve books of Laws (Socrates is absent from it), a critical discussion of principles of law which Plato thought the Greeks might accept.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Plato is in twelve volumes.

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ISBN-13:
9780674990401
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1914
Series:
Loeb Classical Library Series, #36
Edition description:
18th printing/1st pub.1914
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
512,044
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Bibliography
  • Euthyphro
  • The Apology
  • Crito
  • Phaedo
  • Phaedrus
  • Index

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Contrary to the annotation above, The Republic is not included in this volume. This volume includes 4 dialogues of Socrates which display his ability to apply critical thinking and rhetorical skills, but not necessarily pure logic. Euthyphro confronts the definition of holiness, the Apology relates Socrates' defense at his famous trial, Crito addresses the role of duty and gives some insight on the mindset behind the city-state, Phaedo is on the immortality of the soul and Socrates' beliefs about the afterlife, and Phaedrus (the best of these dialogues) regards rhetoric, with a wonderful section on the analysis of love. All in all, the book is a good exercise in maintaining one's reason in the face of persuasive and/or confusing arguments to the contrary.