Plato Reader Eight Essential Dialogues

ISBN-10: 1603848118
ISBN-13: 9781603848114
Edition: 2012
Authors: Plato, C. D. C. Reeve
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Description: A Plato Reader offers eight of Plato's best-known worksEuthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republicunabridged, expertly introduced and annotated, and in widely admired translations by C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube,  More...

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List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

A Plato Reader offers eight of Plato's best-known worksEuthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republicunabridged, expertly introduced and annotated, and in widely admired translations by C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff. The collection features Socrates as its central character and a model of the examined life. Its range allows us to see him in action in very different settings and philosophical modes: from the elenctic Socrates of the Meno and the dialogues concerning his trial and death, to the erotic Socrates of the Symposium and Phaedrus, to the dialectician of the Republic. Of Reeve's translation of this final masterpiece, Lloyd P. Gerson writes, "Taking full advantage of S. R. Slings' new Greek text of the Republic, Reeve has given us a translation both accurate and limpid. Loving attention to detail and deep familiarity with Plato's thought are evident on every page. Reeves brilliant decision to cast the dialogue into direct speech produces a compelling impression of immediacy unmatched by other English translations currently available."

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.

C. D. C. Reeve is Delta Kappa Epsilon Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, Republic
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