Plato's brilliant dialogues, written in the fourth century B.C., rank among Western civilization's most important philosophical works. Presented as a series of probing conversations between Socrates and his students and fellow citizens, they form a magnificent dialectical quest that examines enduring political, ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological issues.
Here, in one inexpensive edition, are six of Plato's remarkable and revelatory dialogues, each translated by distinguished classical scholar Benjamin Jowett. Apology
defends the integrity of Socrates' teachings. Crito
discusses respect for the law. Phaedo
considers death and the immortality of the soul. Phaedrus
explores the psychology of love. Symposium
reflects on the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, and The Republic
ponders society and the philosopher's role within it. Stimulating, dramatic, and always relevant, these dialogues have profoundly influenced the history of intellectual thought, and offer crucial insight into mystical, aesthetic, and other aspects of Platonic doctrine.
Reprint of six dialogues from The Works of Plato, Tudor Publishing Company, New York, n.d.
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