A Plato reader : eight essential dialogues by Plato

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A Plato Reader bargains 8 of Plato's best-known works--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republic--unabridged, expertly brought and annotated, and in largely favourite translations by means of C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff.

The assortment good points Socrates as its principal personality and a version of the tested existence. Its diversity permits us to work out him in motion in very various settings and philosophical modes: from the elenctic Socrates of the Meno and the dialogues pertaining to his trial and dying, to the erotic Socrates of the Symposium and Phaedrus, to the dialectician of the Republic.

Of Reeve's translation of this ultimate masterpiece, Lloyd P. Gerson writes, "Taking complete benefit of S. R. Slings' new Greek textual content of the Republic, Reeve has given us a translation either exact and limpid. Loving awareness to aspect and deep familiarity with Plato's concept are glaring on each web page. Reeve's significant choice to solid the discussion into direct speech produces a compelling influence of immediacy unrivaled via different English translations presently available."

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28 Apollodorus, an enthusiastic follower of Socrates, given to emotion (Phaedo 59a–b, 117c–d), is the narrator in the Symposium. indb 38 7/20/12 10:24 AM Apology 39 come to my aid, their corruptor, the one who, Meletus and Anytus claim, is doing harm to their families. Of course, the corrupted ones themselves might indeed have reason to come to my aid. But the uncorrupted ones, their relatives, who are older men now, what reason could they possibly have to support me, other than the right and just one: that they know perfectly well that Meletus is lying, whereas I am telling the truth?

Is that what you’re saying? Most emphatically, that’s what I’m saying. I find myself, if you’re right, in a most unfortunate situation. Now answer me this. Do you think that the same holds of horses? Do people in general improve them, whereas one particular person corrupts them or makes them worse? Or isn’t it wholly the opposite: one particular person—or the very few who are horse trainers—is able to improve them, whereas the majority of people, if they have to do with horses and make use of them, make them worse?

Well then, Meletus, it has been adequately established that you’ve never given any thought to young people—you’ve plainly revealed your indifference—and that you care nothing about the issues on which you bring me to trial. Next, Meletus, tell us, in the name of Zeus, whether it’s better to live among good citizens or bad ones. Answer me, sir. Surely, I’m not asking you anything difficult. Don’t bad people do something bad to whoever’s closest to them at the given moment, whereas good people do something good?

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