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Alcibiades I


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As Jowett relates in his brilliant introduction, 95% of Plato's writing is certain and his reputation rests soundly on this foundation. The Alcibiades 1 appears to be a short work by Plato with only two characters: Socrates and Alcibiades. This dialogue has little dramatic verisimilitude but centers on the question of what knowledge one needs for political life. Like the early dialogues, the question is on whether the virtues needed by a statesman can be taught, on the importance of self-knowledge as a starting point for any leader. While this may be only partially the work of Plato, or even not his at all, Jowett favored the work with his magisterial translation and appears to favor its inclusion in the canon of true works.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Platonic composition. The aim is more directly ethical and hortatory; the process by which the antagonist is undermined is simpler than in other Platonic writings, and the conclusion more decided. There is a good deal of humour in the manner in which the pride of Alcibiades, and of the Greeks generally, is supposed to be taken down by the Spartan and Persian queens; and the dialogue has considerable dialectical merit. But we have a difficulty in supposing that the same writer, who has given so profound and complex a notion of the characters both of Alcibiades and Socrates in the Symposium, should have treated them in so thin and superficial a manner in the Alcibiades, or that he would have ascribed to the ironical Socrates the rather unmeaning boast that Alcibiades could not attain the objects of his ambition without his help; or that he should have imagined that a mighty nature like his could have been reformed by a few not very conclusive words of Socrates. For the arg. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The authorship is questioned but it’s not unanimous that it’s spurious. The ancients considered this entry level wisdom and seemed to start with the Alcibiades and it’s clear why. Good entry level text on Knowing Yourself and seeking wisdom through philosophy.

Boi what the hell

I liked it. At moments really intense and even though I know there are debates whether Plato wrote this, I still like the pace of the dialogue and some of the interesting points and conclusions that could be drawn from this work.

It’s one of Plato’s disputed works and for me the first half or so didn’t feel like any of the previous dialogues I’ve read, but as it moved along it started to resemble them more closely. I’m clearly no scholar on Plato but I did enjoy reading this overall and it makes a lot of sense why this was f

Atgaiva, kai filosofijoje nėra ignoruojama meilė (kad ir kaip daugelis norėtų užrietę nosis vaidinti, jog tai nėra esminis gyvenimo komponentas). 'Isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?'; meilė tarp Sokrato ir Alkibijado yra pagrindinė vara visame dialoge "Alkibijadas" dėsto

We get the term “Platonic love” from this dialogue, where Socrates lovingly teaches the young Alcibiades what is needed to be a great politician. Socrates shows Alcibiades his ignorance and champions the importance of self-knowledge: “Don’t you realize that the errors in our conduct are caused by th

În acest volum, urmărim dialogul lui Alcibiade cu Platon. Un dialog filozofic, despre realitatea vremii, natura umană, visele și aspirațiile celor implicați. Nu este o lectură rapidă, dar oferă o viziune despre literatura antică.

La filosofía no es lo mío. Pero hay que cumplir con las obligaciones académicas

A helpful introduction to the dialogues of Plato. Constructs a helpful framework to understanding Plato's philosophy, but more importantly guides you toward the life and practice of philosophy. There is much here to glean.

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