Finally, Apology gives us Socrates' art of persuasion put to the ultimate test--defending his own life. Pelliccia's new Introduction to this volume clarifies its contents and addresses the challenges of translating Plato freshly and accurately. In its combination of accessibility and depth, Selected Dialogues of Plato is the ideal introduction to one of the key thinkers of all time. ION: No, he will not. ION: No. The art of the rhapsode is the art of the general? ION: I am. This humorous and short writing has Socrates overwhelming a witless antagonist, who has such a broad definition of his art that he equates it with generalship.
The second dialogue, Protagoras, pits Socrates against the greatest sophist. This epistemological dialogue deals with the nature of virtue and justice, and is notable for Socrates promotion of the idea that no man commits evil willfully: "All who do evil and dishonorable things do them against their will. Protagoras and Socrates end in precisely the opposite positions they began with; Protagoras in the position that all of virtue is one identical inherent entity; and Socrates with the position that virtue, as equated with knowledge, is therefore a teachable subject.
Phaedrus is of enormous impact to the Western spiritual tradition. Plato has Socrates demonstrating, a priori, the immortality of the soul: "Beginning itself cannot be begotten of anything. For if Beginning came out of and thus after something, then it would not exist from the beginning. This error pervades the philosophy of Plato. As the immortal soul espoused by Plato was of enormous influence in St. Augustine's reconciliation of Neoplatonism with Christianity, it is interesting that the means prescribed by Plato for the elevation of the soul was pederasty. I resist a cheap joke at the expense of the clergy with some reluctance.
The crescendo of Plato's literary genius is reached in the Symposium, a work comprising seven monologues on the nature of Love personified and the lesser plebeian love, as well as the nature of beauty. Beauty is first apprehended by the eye, which leads us to the form of an eternal, unchanging, perfect beauty of which only the intellect is capable of grasping through what else philosophy.
This collection is a well-annotated and readable sampling of writings from the philosopher who influenced Western thought more than any other. Dec 30, John rated it it was ok. I admit that I didn't give this book my full attention. If my observations are off-base, this is why. It appears to me that Plato was a Marxist. Or rather that Marx was a Platoist. In "The Republic," he called for children to be taken away from their parents at a very early age to be raised by the state: "The proper officers will take the offspring of the good parents to the pen or the fold, and there they will deposit them with certain nurses who dwell in a separate quarter; but the offspring of t I admit that I didn't give this book my full attention.
In "The Republic," he called for children to be taken away from their parents at a very early age to be raised by the state: "The proper officers will take the offspring of the good parents to the pen or the fold, and there they will deposit them with certain nurses who dwell in a separate quarter; but the offspring of the inferior, or of the better when they chance to be deformed, will be put away in some mysterious, unknown place, as they should be.
He also argued that philosophers would make the best kings, which is ridiculous. Say your kingdom needed a road.
The philosopher-king would want to examine the existential questions surrounding roads. Why do they exist? Where do they go? If a road returns from whence it came, did it really go anyplace? You'd never get a road built.
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In it, Socrates gathers with a group of other philosophers and learned men. They had gotten together the night before, and had overindulged. So they agree that this night no one will be required to drink.
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They send the flute-girls away -- apparently, the presence of flute-girls required everyone to have a rollicking good time. And they agree to spend the evening offering speeches in praise of love. One member of the group arrives much later, drunk himself and appalled that the others haven't been drinking.
Their little talks on love were OK, but I couldn't help wishing that the Apostle Paul had been there.
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Granted, he didn't come along until later. I think Paul's summation of love in what we call 1 Corinthians 13 was more succinct and far more powerful than anything Socrates and his buds came up with. Most everything else was forgettable, or at least I've forgotten it. Sep 10, Adam Lockridge rated it it was amazing. So far I have read only one of the dialogues from this collection--Phaedrus--but it is a good translation of a great dialogue.
Take the time to read this slowly and you will see Plato at his finest. Three speeches on the nature of love are the focus of the dialogue, but don't skim the dramatic interludes. The more I read Plato the more I see the incredible philosophical nuance of what might at first seem to be only literary device.
There is great wisdom lurking in every sentence of this short te So far I have read only one of the dialogues from this collection--Phaedrus--but it is a good translation of a great dialogue. There is great wisdom lurking in every sentence of this short text. Sep 11, Jono Balliett rated it it was amazing. The book I have is an older version translated by Jowett in It is so old I had to tape it together.
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It looks like a blue painters tape version with the title put on the spine with a sharpie. Incredible and indispensable, the Dialogues in my version include: apology, crito, phaedo, symposium, and republic. I read another version of the republic to get a better break down of the ideas that it holds, but all together this version was more than sufficient.
Sep 03, Kiki rated it liked it. Have to read Phaedres for my UH class. Not sure what Phaedres has to do with education yet, but it's challenging my thinking about love Sue rated it it was ok Jul 26, KR15 rated it really liked it Jul 27, Alli Jo rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Published: Oct Buy from our partners. Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato have long been classics in their own right.
In this volume, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett's renderings of five key dialogues, giving us a modern Plato faithful to both Jowett's best features and Plato's own masterly style. Gathered here are many of Plato's liveliest and richest texts. Ion takes up the question of poetry and introduces the Socratic method.
Protagoras discusses poetic interpretation and shows why cross-examination is the best way to get at the truth.
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