The Portable Plato

The Portable Plato

Paperback Viking Portable Library

By (author) Plato, Volume editor Scott M. Buchanan, By (author) Scott Buchanan, By (author) Benjamin Jowett, Edited by Benjamin Jowett

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  • Publisher: Viking Portable Library
  • Format: Paperback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 36mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1977
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140150404
  • ISBN 13: 9780140150407
  • Sales rank: 729,753

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Writing in the fourth century B.C., in an Athens that had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Peloponnesian War, Plato formulated questions that have haunted the moral, religious, and political imagination of the West for more than 2,000 years: what is virtue? How should we love? What constitutes a good society? Is there a soul that outlasts the body and a truth that transcends appearance? What do we know and how do we know it? Plato's inquiries were all the more resonant because he couched them in the form of dramatic and often highly comic dialogues, whose principal personage was the ironic, teasing, and relentlessly searching philosopher Socrates.In this splendid collection, Scott Buchanan brings together the most important of Plato's dialogues, including Protagoras, The Symposium, with its barbed conjectures about the relation between love and madness, Phaedo and The Republic, his monumental work of political philosophy. Buchanan's learned and engaging introduction allows us to see Plato both as a commentator on his society and as a shaper of the societies that followed, who bequeathed to us a hunger for the ideal as well as a redeeming habit of humane skepticism.

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Plato (c. 427-347 b.c.) founded the Academy in Athens, the prototype of all Western universities, and wrote more than twenty philosophical dialogues.

Table of contents

Editor's Introduction A Note on the Theatrical Machinery of the Dialogues Chronology Bibliography Protagoras Symposium Phaedo The Republic: Book I Book II Book III Book IV Book V Book VI Book VII Book VIII Book IX Book X