Early Socratic Dialogues

ISBN-10: 0140455035

ISBN-13: 9780140455038

Edition: 2005 (Revised)

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Rich in drama and humour, this volume includes 'Ion', a debate on poetic inspiration; 'Laches', in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and ''Euthydemus', which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. The book features a new preface, up-dated further reading, and a chronology.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Plato (c. 427347 bce) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues. Walter Hamilton (19081988) was master and honorary fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. His translations for Penguin Classics include Platos Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII. Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University.

Preface to 2005 Edition
Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction to Socrates
Childish Questions
Socrates and His Predecessors
The Sources for Socrates
Induction
Definition
Practical Implications
Socrates' Paradoxes
Socratic Eudaemonism
Other Paradoxes
The Supreme Socratic Paradox
Socratic Elenchus
Socrates and Plato
Socrates and Greek Democracy
The Purpose of the Dialogues
Ion
Introduction
Summary
Translation with running comment
Laches
Introduction
Summary
Translation with running comment
Lysis
Introduction
Summary
Translation with running comment
Charmides
Introduction
Summary
Translation with running comment
Hippias Major and Hippias Minor
Introduction
Introduction to Hippias Major
Summary
Translation with running comment
Introduction to Hippias Minor
Summary
Translation with running comment
Euthydemus
Introduction
Summary
Translation with running comment
Some Fragments of Aeschines of Sphettus
Bibliographies
Selective Index of Greek Personal Names
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