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Five Great Dialogues by Plato (Classics Club)
Five Great Dialogues by Plato - Classics Club Author:Plato Foreword by Louise Ropes Loomis. Five of the great dialogues of this influential philosopher, translated by Oxford professor B. Jowett. Includes the Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, and Republic. — Writing in the fourth century B.C., in an Athens that had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Peloponnesian War, Plato formulated questions that ha... more »ve haunted the moral, religious, and political imagination of the West for more than 2,000 years: what is virtue? How should we love? What constitutes a good society? Is there a soul that outlasts the body and a truth that transcends appearance? What do we know and how do we know it? Plato's inquiries were all the more resonant because he couched them in the form of dramatic and often highly comic dialogues, whose principal personage was the ironic, teasing, and relentlessly searching philosopher Socrates.
...the most important of Plato's dialogues, including Protagoras, The Symposium, with its barbed conjectures about the relation between love and madness, Phaedo and The Republic, his monumental work of political philosophy. Buchanan's learned and engaging introduction...« less