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Early Socratic Dialogues

Plato - Author

Trevor J. Saunders - Translator

Trevor J. Saunders - Editor

Trevor J. Saunders - Introduction by

Chris Emlyn-Jones - Editor

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ISBN 9780140455038 | 400 pages | 27 Dec 2005 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Newly revised - the definitive portrait of Socrates by his greatest pupil

Rich in drama and humor, this volume of seven dialogues includes the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers, forming an incisive overview of Plato’s philosophy.

As the father of Western philosophy, who transformed Greek thought with his questioning insights into life and ethics, Socrates 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, wrote these early dialogues as an act of homage.

PREFACE T0 2005 EDITION

EDITOR'S PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATES

1. Childish Questions

2. Socrates and His Predecessors

3. The Sources for Socrates

4. Induction

5. Definition

6. Practical Implications

7. Socrates' Paradoxes

8. Socratic Eudaemonism

9. Other Paradoxes

10. The Supreme Socratic Paradox

11. Socratic Elenchus

12. Socrates and Plato

13. Socrates and Greek Democracy

14. The Purpose of the Dialogues


ION

Introduction

Summary

Translation with running comment


LACHES

Introduction

Summary

Translation with running comment


LYSIS

Introduction

Summary

Translation with running comment


CHARMIDES

Introduction

Summary

Translation with running comment


HIPPIAS MAJOR AND HIPPIAS MINOR

Introduction

Introduction to Hippias Major

Summary

Translation with running comment

Introduction to Hippias Minor

Summary

Translation with running comment


EUTHYDEMUS

Introduction

Summary

Translation with running comment


APPENDIX

Some Fragments of Aeschines of Sphettus


BIBLIOGRAPHIES


SELECTIVE INDEX OF GREEK PERSONAL NAME