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Dialogues of Plato | [Plato]

Dialogues of Plato

The Dialogues of Plato rank with the writings of Aristotle as the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought. In them Plato cast his teacher Socrates as the central disputant in colloquies that brilliantly probe a vast spectrum of philosophical ideas and issues.
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The Dialogues of Plato (427-347 B.C.) rank with the writings of Aristotle as the most important and influential philosophical works in Western thought. In them Plato cast his teacher Socrates as the central disputant in colloquies that brilliantly probe a vast spectrum of philosophical ideas and issues. None are more exciting and revelatory than the four dialogues - Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo - on themes evoked by the trial and death of Socrates, accused by his enemies and detractors of crimes against the state, among them impiety and corruption of the young. In Euthyphro, Socrates explores the concepts and aims of piety and religion; in Apology, he courageously defends the integrity of his teachings; in Crito, he demonstrates his respect for the law in his refusal to flee his death sentence; and in Phaedo embraces death and discusses the immortality of the soul.

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    Jill North Haven, CT, USA 08-30-07
    Jill North Haven, CT, USA 08-30-07
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    "Not Complete Dialogues"

    My Plato's Dialogues is 1500 pages. The intro on the audio says that this is only 150 pages. Perhaps it's "unabridged" but it is also "selected" and the summary should say so.

    45 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    p. fountain valley, CA, United States 07-24-12
    p. fountain valley, CA, United States 07-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the performance, and the dialogues. The dialogues did not start at the beginning of the chapter segments, so you cannot just skip to the particulars you wanted to hear; this was very disappointing! Change the recording format and you have a success.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W. Sid Vogel Fairhope, AL United States 08-29-12
    W. Sid Vogel Fairhope, AL United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Next to Moses, the most important man in history"
    Would you listen to Dialogues of Plato again? Why?

    Yes, and i bought the book for future reference. It is hard to imagine how western thought would have progressed without this influence of this man, his teacher Socrates, and his pupil, Aristotle and his pupil, Alexander the Great. This man, next to Moses and Christ changed the entire world's thought processes. Amazing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dialogues of Plato?

    The analysis of Socrates duty to the state. Magnificent.


    What about Pat Bottino’s performance did you like?

    This is a difficult work if it is not translated properly, and this was translated in such a way that everyone can understand and follow.


    If you could give Dialogues of Plato a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Understanding right and wrong, good and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be mandatory reading for every person on the globe.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Lexington, KY, USA 12-01-07
    Andrew Lexington, KY, USA 12-01-07
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    "Essential Read"

    The collection of dialogues accounting for the trial and death of Socrates, along with the Republic and The Laws are essential reading when understanding one of Athen's greatest political authors: Plato.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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