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The Republic by Plato( Book )

53 editions published between 1904 and 2017 in English and Greek, Ancient and held by 4,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato's most influential work (probably written around 380 B.C.) is devoted to defining "justice", and offers an analysis of the just man and the just city-state. This revised translation into English includes a new introduction, index, and bibliography
Symposium by Plato( Book )

352 editions published between 1782 and 2022 in 13 languages and held by 4,650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A model of the kind of text one needs for lecture courses: the translation is extremely readable and made even more accessible by intelligent printing decisions (on dividing the text, spacing for clarification, etc.); the notes are kept to a minimum but appear when they are really needed for comprehension and are truly informative. And the introduction admirably presents both basic information and a sense of current scholarly opinion. --S. G. Nugent, Princeton University
The laws of Plato by Plato( )

86 editions published between 1446 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 3,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Laws, Plato's longest dialogue, has for centuries been recognised as the most comprehensive exposition of the practical consequences of his philosophy, a necessary corrective to the more visionary and utopian Republic. In this animated encounter between a foreign philosopher and a powerful statesman, not only do we see reflected, in Plato's own thought, eternal questions of the relation between political theory and practice, but we also witness the working out of a detailed plan for a new political order that embodies the results of Plato's mature reflection on the family, the status of women, property rights, criminal law, and the role of religion and the fine arts in a healthy republic." -- Back cover
The Republic of Plato by Plato( Book )

76 editions published between 1866 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 3,343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A model for the ideal state includes discussions of the nature and application of justice, the role of the philosopher in society, the goals of education, and the effects of art upon character
Phaedo by Plato( Book )

252 editions published between 1769 and 2020 in 12 languages and held by 3,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The notes also aim to provide the kind of help with Plato's Greek which is needed by comparative beginners in the language, but the commentary is intended for any student, classical scholar, or philosopher with an interest in the close reading of Plato
Gorgias by Plato( Book )

105 editions published between 1540 and 2021 in 10 languages and held by 2,868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though Gorgias was a Sicilian teacher of oratory, the dialogue is more concerned with ethics than with the art of public speaking. The ability, professed particularly by the Sophists, to make the worse cause appear the better, struck Plato as the source of all corruption. The dialogue's chief interest lies, not in Gorgias' courteous outline of his art, but in the clash between Socrates, the true philosopher, and Callicles, a young Athenian of the stamp of Alcibiades, who brashly maintains that might is right
The republic by Plato( Book )

28 editions published between 1944 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New translation of Plato's Republic
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 2,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work presents an illuminating new translation of the dialogue together with an extensive introduction and running commentary, giving a unified explanation of the Parmenides and integrating it firmly within the context of Plato's metaphysics and methodology." "Scolnicov shows that in the Parmenides Plato addresses the most serious challenge to his own philosophy: the monism of Parmenides and the Eleatics. In addition to providing a serious rebuttal to Parmenides, Plato here reformulates his own theory of forms and participation, arguments that are central to the whole of Platonic thought, and provides these concepts with a rigorous logical and philosophical foundation. In Scolnicov's analysis, the Parmenides emerges as an extension of ideas from Plato's middle dialogues and as an opening to the later dialogues." "This translation follows the Greek closely, and the commentary affords the Greekless reader a clear understanding of how Scolnicov's interpretation emerges from the text. This volume will provide a valuable introduction and framework for understanding a dialogue that continues to generate lively discussion today."--Jacket
Timaeus by Plato( )

71 editions published between 1446 and 2019 in 9 languages and held by 2,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Timaeus, one of Plato's acknowledged masterpieces, is an attempt to construct the universe and explain its contents by means of as few axioms as possible. The result is a brilliant, bizarre, and surreal cosmos - the product of the rational thinking of a creator god and his astral assistants, and of purely mechanistic causes based on the behaviour of the four elements. At times dazzlingly clear, at times intriguingly opaque, this was state-of-the-art science in the middle of the fourth century BC. The world is presented as a battlefield of forces that are unified only by the will of God, who had to do the best he could with recalcitrant building materials"--Page 4 of cover
Phaedrus by Plato( Book )

154 editions published between 1830 and 2022 in 11 languages and held by 2,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Phaedrus is widely recognized as one of Plato's most profound and beautiful works. It takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus and its ostensible subject is love, especially homoerotic love. Socrates reveals it to be a kind of divine madness that can allow our souls to grow wings and soar to their greatest heights. Then the conversation changes direction and turns to a discussion of rhetoric, which must be based on truth passionately sought, thus allying it to philosophy. The dialogue closes by denigrating the value of the written word in any context, compared to the living teaching of a Socratic philosopher." "The shifts of topic and register have given rise to doubts about the unity of the dialogue, doubts which are addressed in the introduction to this volume. Full explanatory notes also elucidate issues throughout the dialogue that might puzzle a modern reader."--Jacket
The last days of Socrates by Plato( Book )

107 editions published between 1954 and 2020 in English and Chinese and held by 2,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socrates spent a lifetime analysing ethical issues, and the Euthyphro finds him outside the court-house, still debating the nature of piety with an arrogant acquaintance. The Apology is both a robust rebuttal to the charges of impiety and corrupting young minds and a definitive defence of the philosopher's life. Later, condemned and imprisoned in the Crito, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. And finally, in the Phaedo, Plato shows him calmly confident in the face of death, skilfully arguing the case for the immortality of the soul. Such works, as Harold Tarrant explains in his fine introduction to this revised edition, are no longer regarded by scholars as direct transcriptions of real events; their power to move us - and to challenge our moral assumptions - remains undiminished
Charmides, or temperance by Plato( )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a well-known saying that the whole of Western Philosophy is footnotes of Plato. This is because his writings have set the schema that philosophy can be said to have followed ever since. Following the teachings of Socrates, Plato's works are among the world's greatest literature. This is a dialogue in which Socrates asks Charmids to explain his conception of the modesty which he possesses. The dialogue leads to a confession of ignorance
Critias by Plato( )

32 editions published between 1446 and 2020 in 4 languages and held by 1,899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An unfinished fragment. This dialogue was to have been part of a planned trilogy in which Plato intended to depict the ideal state described in the Republic"--Provided by publisher
The Apology, Phaedo, and Crito of Plato by Plato( Book )

187 editions published between 1675 and 2021 in 15 languages and held by 1,853 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James Harris translates/adapts The apology of Socrates into modern form, making it quicker to read and easier to understand for the contemporary reader
The republic by Plato( )

37 editions published between 1901 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Without doubt the greatest and most provocative work of political philosophy ever produced in the West, The Republic is here presented in the stately and melodious Jowett translation-a perfect mirror of the beauty of Plato's style. Beginning as an inquiry into justice as it operates in individuals, The Republic soon becomes an inquiry into the problems of constructing the perfect state. Are the masses really qualified to choose virtuous leaders? Should the rulers of a state receive a special education to prepare them to exercise power virtuously? What should such an education consist of? Should artists who do not use their gifts in a morally responsible way still be allowed a place in society? The Republic's answers to these and related questions make up a utopian (or, perhaps, dystopian) program that challenges many of the modern world's most dearly held assumptions-and leads us to reexamine and better understand those assumptions. --
Plato's Parmenides : text, translation & introductory essay by Plato( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ion ; Hippias minor ; Laches ; Protagoras by Plato( )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

R.E. Allen's superb new translations of four Socratic dialogues-Ion, Hippias Minor, Laches, and Protagoras-bring these classic texts to life for modern readers. Allen introduces and comments on the dialogues in an accessible way, inviting the reader to reexamine the issues continually raised in Plato's works. In his detailed commentary, Allen closely examines the major themes and central arguments of each dialogue, with particular emphasis on Protagoras. He clarifies each of Plato's arguments and its refutation; places the themes in historical perspective; ties each theme to interpretations of rival translations; and links the philosopher's thought to trends in late modern philosophy. Topics discussed include: whether virtue is an art, whether wisdom and courage are logically equivalent, whether virtue is knowledge, and whether to know the good is to do it. Allen connects his discussion of these issues to the Benthamite tradition of hedonism and utilitarianism and to the ethical theories of Mill, Sidgwick, Moore, and Freud
Selected myths by Plato( )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2019 in English and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together ten of the most celebrated Platonic myths, from eight of Plato's dialogues ranging from the early Protagoras and Gorgias to the late Timaeus and Critias. They include the famous myth of the cave from Republic as well as 'The Judgement of Souls' and 'The Birth of Love'. Each myth is a self-contained story, prefaced by a short explanatory note, while the introduction considers Plato's use of myth and imagery."--Jacket
Crito by Plato( )

16 editions published between 1401 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume three of twenty-nine
Plato's Republic by Plato( Book )

68 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the greatest works of philosophy, political theory, and literature ever produced, Plato's Republic has shaped Western thought for thousands of years and remains as relevant today as when it was written during the fourth century B.C. Republic begins by posing a central question: "What is justice, and why should we be just, especially when the wicked often seem happier and more successful?" For Plato, the answer lies with the ways people, groups, and institutions organize and behave. A brilliant inquiry into the problems of constructing the perfect state and the roles education, the arts, family, and religion should play in our lives, Republic employs picturesque settings, sharply outlined characters, and conversational dialogue to drive home the philosopher's provocative arguments
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