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Plato , Emlyn-Jones Chris , Trevor Saunders
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30 Jun 2005 Penguin Classics
Rich in drama and humour, they include the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers, forming an incisive overview of Plato's philosophy.

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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: 19.6 x 12.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 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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4.0 out of 5 stars a useful collection for the general reader 10 Sep 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars nothing is new 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Cumbersome, intrusive editorializing in the very dialogues themselves 28 Jun 2012
By Isaac Newton - Published on Amazon.com
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This particular volume is a nice selection of dialogues in what seem to be competent translations. The problem is the really intrusive editorial comments and divisions of the text. Instead of just having an introduction at the beginning, or even an introduction before each dialogue, the editor chops the text up according to his understanding of the dialogue's structure, and then each section is prefaced with commentary and summary of what is to follow. This is a disastrous idea: the reader is primed to think of the text in these terms and in accordance with the editor's reading. This might make sense for some texts and authors, but for a Platonic dialogue this is about as bad an idea as can be imagined. If we wanted to read Trevor Saunders on Plato we'd be happy to consult an introduction or appendix or separate commentary: just stay out of the text and let Plato (and Plato's Socrates) speak!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a useful collection for the non-expert reader 10 Sep 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Aug 2014
By Henry L. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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just as I remembered
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Socratic Dialogues 12 Feb 2012
By Bryn Booth - Published on Amazon.com
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The product came in a timely fashion, was inexpensive, and works very well for its intended purpose. I needed it for my Ancient Philosophy class and this book has the perfect translation that is clear, concise and provocative.
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