Early Socratic Dialogues

Early Socratic Dialogues

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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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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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 299.38g
  • 27 Dec 2005
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0140455035
  • 9780140455038
  • 75,139

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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.

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