Last Days of Socrates : Euthyphro - The Apology - Crito - Phaedo

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/1/2003
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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The trial and condemnation of Socrates on charges of heresy and corrupting young minds is a defining moment in the history of Classical Athens. In tracing these events through four dialogues, Plato also developed his own philosophy, based on Socrates' manifesto for a life guided by self-responsibility. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the courthouse, debating the nature of piety, while The Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of the philosopher's life. In the Crito, while awaiting execution in prison, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. Finally, in the Phaedo, he is shown calmly confident in the face of death, skilfully arguing the case for the immortality of the soul. Hugh Tredennick's landmark 1954 translation has been revised by Harold Tarrant, reflecting changes in Platonic studies, with an introduction and expanded introductions to each of the four dialogues.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
General Introductionp. ix
Holiness: Socrates in Confrontation: Euthyphrop. 1
Justice and Duty (i): Socrates Speaks at his Trial: the Apologyp. 29
Justice and Duty (ii): Socrates in Prison: Critop. 69
Wisdom and the Soul: Socrates about to Die: Phaedop. 93
Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedop. 186
Notesp. 192
Select Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 235
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