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Complete Works [Hardcover]

Plato , J. M. Cooper
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Book Description

1 May 1997
Outstanding translations by leading contemporary scholars -- many commissioned especially for this volume -- are presented here in the first single edition to include the entire surviving corpus of works attributed to Plato in antiquity. In his introductory essay, John Cooper explains the presentation of these works, discusses questions concerning the chronology of their composition, comments on the dialogue form in which Plato wrote, and offers guidance on approaching the reading and study of Plato's works. Also included are concise introductions to each translation, meticulous annotation designed to serve both scholar and general reader, and a comprehensive index. This handsome volume offers fine paper and a high-quality Smyth-sewn cloth binding in a sturdy elegant edition.

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  • Hardcover: 1808 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872203492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872203495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plato; Edited by John M Cooper

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touch of Enlightenment 23 May 2010
It took me months to read through all the way to the end (I also take notes as I read) but I got there in the end. I found the short introductions to each piece extremely helpful for putting the dialogues into context as well as stimulating my own thoughts about the text as a whole. It's a fantastic journey as you sink into the wisdom that lies within the dialogues. In the end, of course, you are left to decide for yourself. There is no doubt about the fact that Plato is a genius. The build-up toward "The Republic" is so intellectually intense, as you are left with so many unanswered questions from the previous dialogues, that when it finally comes to reading "The Republic" you will feel like a ton of wisdom has just exploded in your face. You will come to appreciate the subtleties of the philosopher's style and the kind of wisdom Plato is hinting at with even the tiniest of details once you have been "initiated" by the "earlier" dialogues. Much of Plato's works are also, in one way or another, hinted at throughout many of the great books and disciplines of today. There is something deep and special about Plato's dialogues. Not only are they enjoyable to read but they are intellectually stimulating. May they enlighten you and help you to think for yourself.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and unuseful, both at the same time 22 Jun 2008
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This is a gorgeous, excellent and complete edition of all works which are generally ascribed to Plato, or attributed to him in antiquity. But it's too big to read in the bath, which is the ideal place to read Greek philosophers.

It is the only complete works of its kind, and most of the translations were commissioned specially for it. It contains a mercifully short introduction, which is primarily an introduction to the volume as presented, not an introduction to Plato (more on that in a moment), brief introductions to each work, a fairly minimalist approach to footnotes - largely confined to textual or translation notes, references to ancient authors, and a very few essential explanations - and a good index. Interestingly, it contains a page telling you that the typeface is Palatino, which is a good choice, followed by fifteen blank pages. Again, mercifully, they have not printed 'notes' above these blank pages, since no-one should really be encouraged to write in this beautiful volume.

Alfred North Whitehead* suggested that the entire history of Western Philosophy was a set of footnotes to Plato. The publishers have wisely decided to follow Plato's pupil Aristotle's premise that only those things should be included which could not be left out, since if they had chosen to include all those things which could be usefully added, the book would run to many volumes and would lose most of its usefulness. Even so, at 1850 or so pages, this is about as big as any volume can usefully be if you intend to read it rather than just occasionally refer to it.

At the age I am now at, I am astonished that nobody made me read Plato at school.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 18 July 2011
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This book is a joy to have and hold, and even better to read. I'm pacing myself, from first page to last, in small sittings. The old "little and often" approach. It is a great relief to actually have a book that has everything by the father of philosophy. The quality of the print, layout, index, notes, everything, is as it should be in a book of this magnitude. Amazing. No budding philosopher should be without this ancient tomb of wisdom.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Collection of Plato's works. 28 April 1999
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One of the most comprehensive collections available, this edition includes works of disputed origin, which should be of interest nonetheless to the proper philosopher, since they remain equally interesting, even if not so clearly attributable to Plato. This new translation also includes copious footnotes explaining much of the multifaceted complexities that are present in the ancient Greek language.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All handed on a silver Plate-O 1 July 2009
For the price this book is outstanding, worth way more if you consider how much each individual work of Plato's would cost. Includes pretty much everything he wrote (or at least what he was accredited), and contains plenty of really useful liner notes for those not too well-up on Greek History or Philosophy. I'm sure plenty of other reviews would be more in depth so I'll keep this one brief. In short, a fantastic read by a genius mind. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some stylistic issues in the trasnlations 9 Jan 2014
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The opening words of the text are as follows: 'What's new, Socrates', which puts one almost simultaneously in Ancient Greece and an 80s sitcom. The other translations are not much better. Why translators of philosophy cannot, in my experience, write in a manner suitable to the nobility of their profession, I cannot understand.

If the texts themselves are difficult and jarring to read in this way, then it is close to impossible to progress any further to the book's other qualities which, from these positive reviews which surround mine, I am led to believe are very good. I hope that my opinion on just the stylistic problems alone could be of value to some. Such a warning would have kept me from purchasing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more can be said? 4 Feb 2011
By Wassim
Plato's works speak for themselves. I know you can get a lot of the material for free on the internet or in little (and cheaper pamphlets) but frankly the hardback is put together wonderfully, making it a joy to find what you want all in one place. It is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf and great to dive into every now and then. I used this as an MA Philosophy student and it was a constant companion during my Greek Philosophy modules.
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