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Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates


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. . .Well. But what shall I, on my part, O Athenians! award myself? Is it not clear that it will be such as I deserve? What, then, is that? Do I deserve to suffer, or to pay a fine? for that I have purposely during my life not remained quiet, but neglecting what most men seek after, money-making, domestic concerns, military command, popular oratory, and, moreover, all the magistracies, conspiracies, and cabals that are met with in the city, thinking that I was in reality too upright a man to be safe if I took part in such things, I therefore did not apply myself to those pursuits, by attending to which I should have been of no service either to you or to myself; but in order to confer the greatest benefit on each of you privately, as I affirm, I thereupon applied myself to that object, endeavoring to persuade every one of you not to take any care of his own affairs before he had taken care of himself in what way he may become the best and wisest, nor of the affairs of the cit. . . Read More

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These dialogues contain the core concepts of Platonic philosophy and serve as a good introduction to the legacy of Socrates and philosophy in the golden age of Greece. I've read these dialogues probably a dozen times in my life and discover something new with each read.

Omg Plato is so 2014 Tumblr/wattpad to write a fanfic about Socrates like this. So cute and adorable.

corrupting the youth of athens :/

Honestly, call me weird, but this was probably one of the best pieces I've read in class this semester. Super interesting and thought-provoking!

Philosophy prioritises questions to answers. Answers are often product of the local culture, and so tend to be parochial. This becomes very evident when we examine a distant culture. The answers lack credibility, even coherence. This is a humbling experience, when we consider how foolish our own ans

One of the those it's a bit impertinent to review. People have been 'reviewing' Socrates and Plato for 2,500 years, and I doubt I have much to add.

Suffice it to say, this is a particularly beautiful work of philosophy. The five dialogues here collected all hover around Socrates' death. In Euthyphro,

All of the Platonic dialogues in this book come together to form something of a narrative of the trial and last days of the famous philosopher Socrates. Covering topics that range from piety, truth, virtue and even the nature of the soul and the afterlife this is a good collection to get started in

Who wouldn't love a series of dialogs from a smartass who walked around Athens asking people irritating questions until they finally decided to kill him? In all seriousness though, what I really identified with in this book is not so much the actual philosophy of Socrates, but his insistence on maki

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