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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is clearly the definitive edition in English of the Platonic writings. It replaces completely the Hamilton-Cairns collection... The notes are at just the right level, and the index is very helpful. The translations are both readable and accurate. They are always reliable, and in most cases the best available. It is the one volume of Plato every student of philosophy will want at her or his side. --Michael D. Rohr, Rutgers University The most important publishing event in Platonic translation is the Complete Works edited by Cooper and Hutchinson... Hackett has lavished great care in the production of this volume: fine India paper, elegant typography, sewn binding, and cloth boards... It should be in every library and on the shelves of all lovers of Plato. --Steven J. Willett, Syllecta Classica The edition is a vast improvement over the Princeton/Bollingen edition, the former standard. Congratulations on a fine work! --Christian K. Edemeyer, Columbia University

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John M. Cooper is Stuart Professor of Philosophy, Princeton University.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Deniz Ates on 23 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By paintbrush on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wassim on 4 Feb. 2011
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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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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By Russ Vale on 1 July 2009
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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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Aug. 2007
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This is the edition of Plato that you would have as required reading on an English medium Greek philosophy course. All the texts are translated and annotated by the relevant experts. In an ideal world you would have some kind of interlinear translation provided from the original Greek on the page facing the Greek translation, rather like the Interlinear New Testament as well as the translation into English prose. But then it would be incredibly expensive and very big I suppose.

Anyway if you like Plato, this is the one! Though it is very large. If you were interested in a particular text, e.g. The Republic, and were planning to read it on the train, you might be better off with buying the Penguin or Wordsworth el cheapo editions that you can carry around with you. This one is quite big.
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