A Plato Reader deals 8 of Plato's best-known works--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republic--unabridged, expertly brought and annotated, and in greatly trendy translations by way of C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff.
The assortment gains Socrates as its valuable personality and a version of the tested existence. Its variety permits us to work out him in motion in very varied settings and philosophical modes: from the elenctic Socrates of the Meno and the dialogues referring to his trial and loss of life, to the erotic Socrates of the Symposium and Phaedrus, to the dialectician of the Republic.
Of Reeve's translation of this ultimate masterpiece, Lloyd P. Gerson writes, "Taking complete good thing about S. R. Slings' new Greek textual content of the Republic, Reeve has given us a translation either actual and limpid. Loving awareness to aspect and deep familiarity with Plato's idea are glaring on each web page. Reeve's terrific selection to forged the discussion into direct speech produces a compelling impact of immediacy unrivaled through different English translations presently available."
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Not because I’m willful, men of Athens, or want to dishonor you—whether I’m boldly facing death or not is a separate story. The point has to do with reputation—yours and mine and that of the entire city: it doesn’t seem noble to me to do these things, especially at my age and with my reputation—for whether truly or falsely, it’s firmly believed in any case that Socrates is superior to the majority of people in some way. Therefore, if those of you who are believed to be superior—in either wisdom or courage or any other virtue whatever—behave like that, it would be shameful.
It has certainly convicted many other good men as well, and I imagine it will do so again. There’s no danger it will stop with me. ” I, however, would be right to reply to him, “You’re not thinking straight, sir, if you think that a man who’s any use at all should give any opposing weight to the risk of living or dying, instead of looking to this alone whenever he does anything: whether his actions are just or unjust, the deeds of a good or bad man. You see, on your account, all those demigods who died on the plain of Troy were inferior people, especially the son of Thetis, who was so contemptuous of danger when the alternative was something shameful.
So even now I continue to investigate these things and to examine, in response to the god, any person, citizen, or foreigner I believe to be wise. Whenever he seems not to be so to me, I come to the assistance of the god and show him that he’s not wise. Because of this occupation, I’ve had no leisure worth talking about for either the city’s affairs or my own domestic ones; rather, I live in extreme poverty because of my service to the god. In addition to these factors, the young people who follow me around of their own accord, those who have the most leisure, the sons of the very rich, enjoy listening to people being cross-examined.
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