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Last Days of Socrates

ISBN-10: 014044582X
ISBN-13: 9780140445824
Edition: 1999 (Revised)
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Description: Plato provided this classic account of the philosophical arguments put forward by Socrates as those who would kill him readied themselves for the final event. Socrates, as these 4 pieces demonstrate, was calmly confident of his immortality.

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.74" long x 0.61" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Plato provided this classic account of the philosophical arguments put forward by Socrates as those who would kill him readied themselves for the final event. Socrates, as these 4 pieces demonstrate, was calmly confident of his immortality.

Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's step-father. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

Harold Tarrant is Professor of Classics and Head of the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His publications include Plato's First Interpreters (2000) and Recollecting Plato's Meno (2005), both published by Bloomsbury.

Preface
General Introduction
Holiness: Socrates in Confrontation: Euthyphro
Justice and Duty (i): Socrates Speaks at his Trial: the Apology
Justice and Duty (ii): Socrates in Prison: Crito
Wisdom and the Soul: Socrates about to Die: Phaedo
Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedo
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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