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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 2005 Ed edition (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455038
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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As the father of Western philosophy, who transformed Greek thought with his questioning insights into life and ethics, Socrates (470-399 bc) was a powerful inspiration - and major irritant - to the Athenians of his day. After his trial and execution on charges of heresy and the corruption of young minds, his greatest pupil Plato (c. 427-347 bc) wrote these early dialogues as an act of homage.

Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 10 Sept. 2013
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The serious scholar will want a more scholarly edition, but for the general reader who wants to explore beyond "The Republic" and "The Symposium," this collection will do very nicely. I bought it because a reading group I'm in was reading "Laches," and it filled the bill very nicely. The translations are readable (if a bit anachronistic in idiom) and the supplementary material well laid out in introductions to the various dialogues. The use of interjected editorial material -- always in italics -- in the dialogue itself (to help the non-expert reader focus) might well be an irritant to real scholars, who won't want so much leading by the hand, but for a non-expert reader like me, they were very helpful. And, of course, the price is good -- scholarly editions from university presses are expensive. BTW, the Penguin "Republic," similarly laid out, is useful too, as is the equally accessible World's Classics edition from Oxford.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hi fi mon amour on 20 Nov. 2009
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Ideal for todays ipod generation, this is the book to start you off in philosophy,none of them are too long or complicated, and there is plenty of humour as well.Remember folks, there's nowt on TV at the moment, so dive on in.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lastmanstandin2 on 5 Mar. 2015
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carey on 2 Dec. 2014
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5 of 22 people found the following review helpful By hub on 16 July 2002
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Socrates, aka Philosphy's martyr due to the fact that he was put to death for his philosophic beliefs or absence of them! I read this book out of interest as an admirer of the ancient Greeks and found myself becoming intrigued for different reasons. As a manager in an Engineering company I found Socrates approach of 'If...then...' very similar to the engineering approach to problem solving!! Is nothing new?
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