Great Dialogues of Plato

ISBN-10: 0451530853
ISBN-13: 9780451530851
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Description: Written in the form of debates, Plato's Dialogues comprise the most influential body of philosophy of the Western world--covering every subject from art and beauty to virtue and the nature of love.

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Book details

List price: $6.95
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Written in the form of debates, Plato's Dialogues comprise the most influential body of philosophy of the Western world--covering every subject from art and beauty to virtue and the nature of love.

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.

Matthew S. Santirocco is Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science, Professor of Classics, Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies, and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs at New York University.

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