The main objective of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy is to expand the range, variety and quality of texts in the history of philosophy which are available in English. The series includes texts by familiar names (such as Descartes and Kant) and also by less well-known authors. Wherever possible, texts are published in complete and unabridged form, and translations are specially commissioned for the series. Each volume contains a critical introduction together with a guide to further reading and any necessary glossaries and textual apparatus. The volumes are designed for student use at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and will be of interest not only to students of philosophy but also to a wider audience of readers in the history of science, the history of theology, and the history of ideas.
Plato's Meno and Phaedo are two of the most important works of ancient Western philosophy and continue to be studied around the world. Meno is a seminal work of epistemology. Phaedo is a key source for Platonic metaphysics and for Plato's conception of the human soul. Together they illustrate the birth of Platonic philosophy from Plato's reflections on Socrates' life and doctrines. This edition offers new and accessible translations of both works, together with a thorough introduction that explains the arguments of the two dialogues and their place in Plato's thought.
About the Author
Plato (428-348 BCE) was a philosopher and mathematician in ancient Greece. A student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, his Academy was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely regarded as the father of modern philosophy.
About the Translator
Alex Long is RCUK Fellow in Post-Classical Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. He has previously published articles on Presocratic and Platonic philosophy.
"....an excellent edition of the texts and well-suited for undergraduate use.... On the whole, the introduction has much to recommend it. At twenty-five pages, it is extensive enough to allow for a meaningful and reasonably thorough first look at the dialogues.... The lucid introduction and helpful footnotes, moreover, will make this volume especially suitable for the students and new readers at whom the Cambridge series is primarily aimed."
--Josh Wilburn, University of Victoria, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"....Plato: Meno and Phaedo will be invaluable to those who are interested in overcoming the truncated versions of Plato that substitute for a careful consideration of his work."
--George Lazaroiu, PhD, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
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Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.28