Early Socratic Dialogues

Early Socratic Dialogues

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Plato, By (author) Chris Emlyn-Jones, Edited by Trevor J. Saunders, Introduction by Trevor J. Saunders, Translated by Trevor J. Saunders

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  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 27 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140455035
  • ISBN 13: 9780140455038
  • Edition statement: Translation
  • Sales rank: 106,667

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Rich in drama and humour, they include 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.

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As the father of Western philosophy, who transformed Greek thought with his questioning insights into life and ethics, Socrates (470-399 bc) 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 (c. 427-347 bc) wrote these early dialogues as an act of homage. Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University.