Plato Phaedo

ISBN-10: 052131318X
ISBN-13: 9780521313186
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/16/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968

Plato's Phaedo is deservedly one of the best known works of Greek literature, but also one of the most complex. Set in the prison where Socrates is awaiting execution, it portrays Plato's model philosopher in action, spending his last hours in conversation with two other seasoned members of his circle about the fate of the human soul after death. Professor Rowe attempts to help the reader find a way through the intricate structure both of individual passages and arguments and of the dialogue as a whole, stressing its intelligibility as a unified work of art and giving equal attention to its literary and philosophical aspects. The notes also aim to provide the kind of help with Plato's Greek which is needed by comparative beginners in the language, but the commentary is intended for any student, classical scholar, or philosopher with an interest in the close reading of Plato.

Christopher J. Rowe is Professor of Greek at Durham University. He has written commentaries on Hesiod (1978) and on four dialogues of Plato: Phaedrus (1986), Phaedo (1993), Statesman (1995) and Symposium (1998). He is joint editor (with Julia Annas) of Approaches to Plato, Modern and Ancient (2002), and has completed a translation of Aristotlersquo;s Nicomachean Ethics to accompany a new commentary by Sarah Broadie (2002).

Author's (Mark Ahavel) Biography The author was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1963 in a Roman Catholic hospital during the middle of Vatican II (1962-'64). And his exact birthday coincides with the day that the prophet Muhammad completed is Hijrah (migration) to Medina, according to Muslim tradition, a significant event in the life of the Prophet for Muslims. In 1963, the Baha'i Faith celebrated their 100th anniversary and they established their International House of Justice on Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel. From the year and the date of the author's birth, one can certainly find ecumenical and interfaith significance, perhaps a portent of his destiny. The author was baptized as an infant in a Roman Catholic parish, and was raised in a Protestant congregation and its parochial school from kindergarten to the 5th grade. These were faith-formative years for the author, raised in a Christian tradition. He felt the Call to the Ministry during his first two years of college but it was unclear what kind of ministry God was wooing him to. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education at a private Christian liberal arts college of his denomination by the end of 1985. He was in the seminary from 1990 to 1994, earning his Masters of Divinity degree in May 1994. He served five years in the pastoral ministry in a conservative Christian body. He was sensing God was leading him to a more ecumenical ministry. His ecumenical ministry began through creating and managing a global online prayer site In 2009, the same year, he began teaching the World Religions course at the community college as an Adjunct Instructor. The teaching of this broad course stretched his own understanding tremendously and he intensified his research in the world's religions, beyond the Judeo-Christian foundation of which he was most acquainted. He is a member in the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature.

Introduction
Literature and philosophy
PlatoG++s conception of philosophy
The aims of PlatoG++s philosophical writing
The Phaedo and Pythagoreanism
The G++theory of formsG++
Platonic conceptions of the soul
Myths and philosophy
The Phaedo and the Platonic corpus
The text of the Phaedo
Select bibliography
The Phaedo
Commentary

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