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The Last Days of Socrates  : Penguin Classics - Plato

The Last Days of Socrates

Penguin Classics

By: Plato

Paperback Published: May 2003
ISBN: 9780140449280
Number Of Pages: 304
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The trial and condemnation of Socrates on charges of heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of Classical Athens. In tracing these events through four dialogues, Plato also developed his own philosophy, based on Socrates' manifesto for a life guided by self-responsibility. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the courthouse, debating the nature of piety, while The Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of the philosopher's life. In the Crito, while awaiting execution in prison, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. Finally, in the Phaedo, he is shown calmly confident in the face of death, skilfully arguing the case for the immortality of the soul.

Hugh Tredennick's landmark 1954 translation has been revised by Harold Tarrant, reflecting changes in Platonic studies, with an introduction and expanded introductions to each of the four dialogues.

About The Author

Plato c. 427 – 347 BC is said to have played a fundamental role in shaping the intellectual tradition of the West. Taught by Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, Plato was part of a lineage of the key thinkers of the Western world.

Although born of a family prominent in Athenian politics, Plato sought to find solutions to the problems of society through philosophical thought as opposed to political. His focus was on ethics, metaphysics and the understanding of reality. He also concentrated on studies of how to achieve the ideal society and of human emotion and love. Plato travelled to Italy and Egypt and studied with students of Pythagorus before founding the Academy in Athens. The Academy was the first permanent institution dedicated to philosophical research and teaching and was to be the prototype for all future Western universities.

Plato published 20 dialogues in his lifetime and his masterpiece was The Republic, written around 375 BC.

'If any books change the world, Republic has a good claim to first place' Simon Blackburn, Guardian

Prefacep. viii
General Introductionp. ix
Holiness: Socrates in Confrontation: Euthyphrop. 1
Justice and Duty (i): Socrates Speaks at his Trial: the Apologyp. 29
Justice and Duty (ii): Socrates in Prison: Critop. 69
Wisdom and the Soul: Socrates about to Die: Phaedop. 93
Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedop. 186
Notesp. 192
Select Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780140449280
ISBN-10: 0140449280
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: May 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.7  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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