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Plato's Republic has shaped western thought for centuries. First written 2,400 years ago, this dialogue between Socrates and his interlocutors is an exhortation to philosophy and invites reader to reflect on the choices that need to be made in pursuit of the best available life. This edition also provides readers with a chronology, further reading, outline of the work's main arguments, and introduction. Translation by Christopher Rowe. 436 pages, softcover.
The Republic: The Complete and Unabridged Jowett TranslationPlatoRandom House / 1991 / Trade Paperback$9.00 Retail:
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This collection contains excellent contemporary translations selected for their clarity and accessibility to today's reader, as well as an incisive introduction by Erich Segal, which reveals Plato's life and clarifies the philosophical issues examined in each dialogue. The first four dialogues recount the trial and execution of Socrates the extraordinary tragedy that changed Plato's life and so altered the course of Western thought. Other dialogues create a rich tableau of intellectual life in Athens in the fourth century B.C., and examine the nature of virtue and love, knowledge and truth, society and the individual. Resounding with the humor and astounding brilliance of Socrates, the immortal iconoclast, these great works remain powerful, probing, and essential.
(PUBPrinceton University)Gathered into one place are top-notch translations of Plato's writings by Cornford, Guthrie, Jowett, Rouse, Taylor, Shorey, Tredennick, and others. This is a mammoth anthology with a comprehensive index; introductions have been written by Edith Hamilton. From a giant in Western thought. 1743 pages, hardcover.
In Symposium, a group of Athenian aristocrats attend a party and talk about love, until the drunken Alcibiades bursts in and decides to discuss Socrates instead. Symposium gives an unsurpassed picture of the sparkling society that was Athens at the height of her empire.
Taking the form of a dialogue among Socrates, Gorgias, Polus, and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent "the greatest good," Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens--a duty he believed had been dishonored in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers fascinating insights into how classical Athens was governed and creates a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate.
This revised edition provides a fundamental view into the mind of one of classical Greece's foremost thinkers. Plato describes in detail a system for the agricultural utopia, Magnesia, including legislation, codes of conduct for all aspects of life, crime and punishment, and totalitarian views.
Timaeus and Critias is a Socratic dialogue in two parts. A response to an account of an ideal state told by Socrates, it begins with Timaeus's theoretical exposition of the cosmos and his story describing the creation of the universe, from its very beginning to the coming of man. Timaeus introduces the idea of a creator God and speculates on the structure and composition of the physical world. Critias, the second part of Plato's dialogue, comprises an account of the rise and fall of Atlantis, an ancient, mighty and prosperous empire ruled by the descendants of Poseidon, which ultimately sank into the sea. 176 pages, softcover.
Plato's dialogue in the Symposium, which has as its topic the subject of love, explores the idea of love as a means of ascent to contemplation of the Divine. For Plato, generally, to love other human beings is to direct one's mind to love of Divinity. One proceeds from recognition of another's beauty to appreciation of Beauty as it exists apart from any individual, to consideration of Divinity, the source of Beauty, to love of Divinity. Influential, particularly in Victorian England, Plato's thoughts On Love are timelessly presented in this fresh recording. Unabridged on CD.
Books about Plato
Who Is Phaedrus?: Keys to Plato's Dyad MasterpieceMarshell Carl BradleyPickwick Publications / 2012 / Trade Paperback$25.88Availability: NewCBD Stock No: WW321510
The Art of Living: Socratic Reflections from Plato to FoucaultAlexander NehamasUniversity of California Press / 2000 / Trade Paperback$39.94Availability: Out of StockCBD Stock No: WW24906
Divine Madness: Plato's Case Against Secular HumanismJosef PieperIgnatius Press / 1995 / Trade Paperback$8.06 Retail:
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The Portable Plato: Protagoras, Symposium, Phaedo, and the Republic: Complete, in the English Translation ofPlato, Benjamin Jowett, Scott BuchananPenguin Books / 1980 / Trade Paperback$19.80 Retail:
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Socrates and the Gods: How to Read Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, and CritoNalin RanasingheSt. Augustine's Press / 2012 / Hardcover$31.50Availability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW317790
The Cambridge Companion to Plato's Republic, HardcoverG.R.F. FerrariCambridge University Press / 2007 / Hardcover$116.86Availability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW839637