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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (8 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540501
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.3 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Plato (c. 427-347 BC), was an Athenian philosopher-dramatist. Born into a wealthy and prominent family, he grew up during the conflict between Athens and the Peloponnesian states which engulfed the Greek world from 431 to 404 BC. Following its turbulent aftermath, he was deeply affected by the condemnation and execution of his revered master Socrates (469-399) on charges of irreligion and corrupting the young. In revulsion from political activity, Plato devoted his life to the pursuit of philosophy. Plato founded the Academy, an early ancestor of the modern university, devoted to philosophical and mathematical enquiry, and to the education of future rulers or 'philosopher-kings'. The Academy's most celebrated member was the young Aristotle (384-322), who studied there for the last twenty years of Plato's life. Their works mark the highest peak of philosophical achievement in antiquity, and both continue to rank among the greatest philosophers of all time.

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David Gallop is Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at Trent University, Ontario. He taught philosophy at the University of Toronto and at Trent University. Besides his editions of the Phaedo for the Clarendon Plato Series and World's Classics, his publications include Parmenides of Elea and Aristotle on Sleep and Dreams.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By claravos on 22 Mar. 2013
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A well designed and well produced great classic, and at an inexpensive price too. We have no excuses to be unaware of Socrates' contribution to our world when his work is made so easily available to us.
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Good for beginners. 28 Feb. 2002
By Caponsacchi - Published on Amazon.com
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For teachers looking for something between a comprehensive collection of the dialogues and a photocopied hand-out, this little edition nicely fits the bill. It's an extremely user-friendly translation with a generous introduction and copious but clear and concise endnotes. The editor admittedly errors on the side of verbosity in the introduction, going to excessive (not to mention gratuitous) lengths to argue that the "Crito" is not inconsistent with the "Apology." Also, rather than substituting "defense" for "apology" and " goodness" for "virtue," he might have accomplished the goal of a clear and accessible edition by giving the reader a bit more credit. Finally, many instructors and readers would understandably be forgiven if they shunned this edition because of its omission of the "Phaedo," the final chapter in the trial, sentencing, and punishment of Socrates.
What is holiness, the mission of Socrates, and accepting the laws 30 Jun. 2015
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These three dialogues together with the Phaedo cover the trial of Socrates. Of the three dialogues in this volume, the Euthyphro is the most abstract, and is the only one of that matters for the metaphysics of Plato, and is an extreme example of Socratic irony (e.g., if Euthyphro is an expert on religion then Meletus should indict Euthyphro for corrupting Socrates). In this dialogue Socrates tries to sort out a precise definition of what "the holy" is. He also talks about something like causation: "it is not because it is in a state of 'being loved' that an object is loved by those who love it; rather, it is in that state because it is loved by them."

The Defence of Socrates (the Apology) is an explanation of why Socrates thought his mission of questioning people who claimed to know things important and worth dying for: "are you not ashamed that, while you take care to acquire as much wealth as possible, with honour and glory as well, yet you take no care or thought for understanding or truth, or for the best possible state of your soul?" I can't think of anything that would better settle the mind of a thinking person who believes themself to be doing something right and is being punished for it. Socrates is more serene and has more to say than Jesus does in his trial and execution: Socrates never breaks down like in Mark 15:34 and he does not merely say "they don't know what they are doing" like in Luke 23:34 but explains why it is better to suffer evil than do it and that evil is done out of ignorance.

The Crito is probably the most interesting of these three dialogues for students of law; although the Defence is in a court, Socrates is not seriously trying to win the vote but is explaining himself. In the Crito, Socrates argues to Crito why one should follow unjust laws as long as they do not demand that one do evil.

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Great Book 19 Nov. 2013
By Bethany - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book in helping understand the concepts of the subject so that you can do well in class!
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perfect condition...fast shipping....very happy!! 16 Dec. 2008
By Scott E. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
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A most excellent resource for anyone interested in not only studying rhetoric, but seeing shining examples!
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I never got my book. 18 Aug. 2011
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I ordered this book almost a month ago. I was pretty excited about this book and it never came. It's still not here. I need it for my philosophy class. I don't know if I will order anything from this person again.
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