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  • Plato's Republic | Plato

    Plato's Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

    Benjamin Myers says: "Spectacular"
  • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1: The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion |  Plato,Benjamin Jowett - translator

    The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1: The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, full cast
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    Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

    mohadcheridi says: "I liked it very much..."
  • Plato's Republic | Plato

    Plato's Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ron Welch
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    Plato's The Republic is regarded as one of the most significant works in the history of literature. In it, Plato seeks to define justice - what it means to society, to politics, to humankind. He then hopes to draw a conclusion against mass justice and individual justice. He first defines justice via social classes, but then migrates to the idea that personal justice mirrors that of the organized, or governmental, justice. 

  • 600 Quotes of Ancient Philosophy |  Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, Epictetus, Confucius,Marcus Aurelius

    600 Quotes of Ancient Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, and others
    • Narrated By Katie Haigh
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    Ancient philosophy provides us with timeless wisdom while bringing a new light on the way modern thought has been shaped by building on the ancient masters. This audiobook is a careful compilation of essential quotes summarizing each one of the great masters' fundamental ideas. Learn Stoicism from the teachings of both Marcus Aurelius, the emperor, and Epictetus the slave, each one intent on his own quest for the best possible life; discover the essence of ideas, logic and philosophy with Aristotle and his pupil Plato.

    Prometheus Worley says: "Sagely advise never sounded so good!!!"
  • The Republic: Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson | Plato,Raymond Larson (translator)

    The Republic: Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Plato, Raymond Larson (translator)
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
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    This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson. The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.

    Mary says: "Raymond Larson is the translator!"
  • The Socratic Dialogues: Late Period, Volume 1: Timaeus, Critias, Sophist, Statesman, Philebus |  Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator

    The Socratic Dialogues: Late Period, Volume 1: Timaeus, Critias, Sophist, Statesman, Philebus

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, David Timson, Peter Kenny, and others
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    These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato's later period, when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision. In Timaeus (mainly a monologue read by David Timson in the title role), Plato considers cosmology in terms of the nature and structure of the universe, the ever-changing physical world and the unchanging eternal world. And he proposes a demiurge as a benevolent creator God.

    Gary says: "Perfectly performed and antidote for what ails us"
  • The Socratic Dialogues Early Period, Volume 2: Gorgias, Protagoras, Meno, Euthydemus, Lesser Hippias, Greater Hippias |  Plato,Benjamin Jowett - translator

    The Socratic Dialogues Early Period, Volume 2: Gorgias, Protagoras, Meno, Euthydemus, Lesser Hippias, Greater Hippias

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, full cast
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    Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato's Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading sophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles.

    mohadcheridi says: "Very very very good..."
  • Plato's Phaedo | Plato

    Plato's Phaedo

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset?

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  • The Trial and the Death of Socrates  | Plato

    The Trial and the Death of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Bruce Alexander, Jamie Glover, David Timson
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    The Trial and the Death of Socrates remains a powerful document not least because it gives a first-hand account of the end of one of the greatest figures in history.

    In Apology, Socrates defends himself before the Athenian court against charges of corrupting youth. Phaedo is the account by a young man of the actual last words and moments of Socrates.

    Joanna says: "Outstanding Performance!"
  • The Socratic Dialogues: Middle Period, Volume 3: The Republic |  Plato,Benjamin Jowlett - translator

    The Socratic Dialogues: Middle Period, Volume 3: The Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowlett - translator
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
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    The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all of Plato's Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city-state. Socrates narrates a conversation that took place the previous day with Cephalus, Glaucon, Thrasymachus and others. The dialogue is organised into 10 books and covers a broad range of topics, including the ideal community and the ideal rulers of the community.

  • Symposium  | Plato

    Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Plato
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    The Greek word sumposion means a drinking party (a fact shamefully ignored by the organizers of modern symposia), and the party described in Plato's Symposium is one supposedly given in the year 416 BC by the playwright Agathon to celebrate his victory in the dramatic festival of the Lenaea. He has already given one party, the previous evening; this second party is for a select group of friends, and host and guests alike are feeling a little frail.

    B. Leddy says: "A perfect introduction to Plato"
  • The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 1: Symposium, Theaetetus, Phaedo |  Plato,Benjamin Jowett - translation

    The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 1: Symposium, Theaetetus, Phaedo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translation
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, Hugh Ross, full cast
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    Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. Symposium, the most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends - each very different in personality and background - meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love. Each one, Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes (the playwright) and Agathon (a prize-winning tragic poet), presents his particular view in a short discourse.

    Joshua says: "not theaetetus"
  • Plato's Phaedrus | Plato

    Plato's Phaedrus

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Phaedrus lures Socrates outside the walls of Athens, where he seldom goes, by promising to share a new work by his friend and mentor, Lysias, a famous writer of speeches. This dialogue provides a powerful example of the dialectical writing that Plato uses to manifest ideas that are essential to human existence and to living a good life. Phaedrus shows how oral and written forms of language relate to each other and to philosophy.

    Stefan Balan says: "Plato's probably mots poetical dialogue."
  • Allegory of the Cave  | Plato

    Allegory of the Cave

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    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.

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  • Plato's Gorgias | Plato

    Plato's Gorgias

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

    bayani says: "ray childs hits it out of the park
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  • The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 2: Phaedrus, Cratylus, Parmenides |  Plato

    The Socratic Dialogues Middle Period, Volume 2: Phaedrus, Cratylus, Parmenides

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By David Rintoul, Laurence Kennedy, full cast
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    The remarkable range of Plato's Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates (David Rintoul) and the young, love-struck Phaedrus (Gunnar Cauthery). They go for a walk outside the walls of Athens and, under a plane tree by the banks of the Ilissus, talk about love - erotic and 'Platonic' love. Socrates endeavours to steer Phaedrus away from infatuation and show him that real love is based on concern for the beloved.

  • Plato's Apology | Plato

    Plato's Apology

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    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
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    Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

    J. Roche says: "Another well acted presentation"
  • The Final Days of Socrates  | Plato

    The Final Days of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly, Ray Atherton
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    Plato recorded the final days of his mentor, Socrates, who was tried and condemned in Athens in 399 B.C. on trumped-up charges of being a heretic and corrupter of the young. This collection comprises 4 books: Euthyphro, in which Socrates engages Euthyphro in a debate on the steps of the courthouse where he is to stand trial, The Apology, in which Socrates argues on his own behalf, Crito, in which Socrates's friends and supporters visit him in prison and urge him to recant.

  • The Trial and Death of Socrates | Plato

    The Trial and Death of Socrates

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    The Trial and Death of Socrates presents the trial and subsequent execution of Socrates in 399 BCE. Socrates was tried on the basis of two ambiguous charges: corrupting the youth and impiety. “Euthyphro”, one of Plato's early dialogues, takes place during the weeks leading up to Socrates' trial. “Apology” is Plato's version of the speech given by Socrates as he defends himself against the charges of being a man "who corrupted the young, refused to worship the gods, and created new deities".

    Darwin8u says: "An Examined Life!"
  • The Symposium | Plato,Benjamin Jowett - translator

    The Symposium

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Edwards
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    The Symposium is one of Plato's classic works, written in the 4th century BC. This edition is translated by Benjamin Jowett.

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