Phaedrus (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 25 Aug 2005
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Plato (c.427-347 BC) stands, with his teacher Socrates and his pupil Aristotle, as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. In the mid-380s, in Athens, he founded the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and an institution to which all Western universities like to trace their origins. Plato wrote over twenty philosophical dialogues, appearing in none himself (most have Socrates as chief speaker).
Christopher Rowe is Professor of Greek in the University of Durham, and from 1999-2004 held a Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship. His books include Plato, The Cambridge History of Grek and Roman Thought, and New Perspectives on Plato, Modern and Ancient. He has also translated, and/or written commentaries on Plato's Phaedro, Statesman, and Symposium. His present project is a comprehensive treatment of Plato's strategies as a writer of philosophy.
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Plato's characteristic use of the dialogue form works well here as it sifts through the complexities of thought. This is especially good on the idea of active Platonic vision, and contains the beautiful myth of the charioteer and his horses.
Probably not a good first introduction to Plato (I would suggest either the Symposium or the Republic), but critically important both in his own time and for the European Renaissance.
As always, Plato gives the reader a lot to do in the 68 pages the “Phaedrus” counts, but his prose and Christopher Rowe’s introduction and excellent explanatory notes make this a rewarding read. In addition, listening to Peter Adamson’s podcast and reading his accompanying book, Classical Philosophy: A history of philosophy without any gaps, Volume 1 has further developed my enjoyment of reading “Phaedrus”, my understanding of the themes, theories and context of Plato and my appreciation of the genius of Plato’s Socrates.
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I also recommend their companion translation of Gorgias.
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