Early Socratic Dialogues (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 30 Jun 2005
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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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The seven dialogues (Ion, Laches, Lysis, Charmides, Hippias Major, Hippias Minor and Euthydemus) are a great starting point to get to know Socrates and Plato, because a lot of their ideas, styles and formats are introduced here. These include amongst others the Socratic dialogue ending in “aporia”, the search for defining moral terms, the idea that virtue is knowledge and the rational conversation to find the truth instead of winning the argument.
The general introduction to understanding Socrates and Plato as well as the introductions to and explanatory notes in each dialogue are excellent guides to understanding, appreciating and enjoying them. Another great companion to classical philosophy in general and Socrates and Plato specifically I use is Peter Adamson’s podcast and book "Classical Philosophy: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 1". In short, I can recommend “Early Socratic Dialogues” as a great introduction to Socrates and Plato.
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