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Classifications: JC71, 184
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Most widely held works by Plato
The republic by Plato( Book )
1,453 editions published between 1551 and 2018 in 22 languages and held by 17,656 libraries worldwide
A dialogue attempting to apply Plato's principles of philosophy to political affairs and discusses his vision of an ideal state
Symposium by Plato( file )
668 editions published between 1556 and 2017 in 14 languages and held by 10,006 libraries worldwide
In this celebrated masterpiece Plato imagines a high-society dinner party in Athens in 416 B.C. at which the guests each deliver a short speech in praise of love
Gorgias by Plato( Book )
541 editions published between 1541 and 2016 in 20 languages and held by 8,543 libraries worldwide
"Taking the form of a dialogue between Socrates, Gorgias, Polus and Callicles, the Gorgias debates crucial questions about the nature of government. While the aspiring politician Callicles propounds the view that might is right, and the rhetorician Gorgias argues that oratory and the power to persuade represent 'the greatest good', Socrates insists on the duty of politicians to consider the welfare of their citizens - a duty he believed had been dishonoured in the Athens of his time. The dialogue offers insights into how classical Athens was governed, as well as creating a theoretical framework that has been highly influential on subsequent political debate." "Walter Hamilton's translation has been completely updated for this new edition, taking recent developments in scholarship into account. In his introduction, Chris Emlyn-Jones examines Plato's use of the dialogue form and his relationship with his teacher Socrates. This edition also includes a section-by-section commentary, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, a glossary and index."--Jacket
Phaedo by Plato( Book )
647 editions published between 1553 and 2018 in 20 languages and held by 6,466 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
Protagoras by Plato( file )
290 editions published between 1736 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 5,632 libraries worldwide
In the fifth century BC professional educators, the sophists, travelled the Greek world claiming to teach success in public and private life. In this dialogue Plato shows the pretensions of the leading sophist, Protagoras, challenged by the critical arguments of Socrates. From criticism of the educational aims and methods of the sophists the dialogue broadens out to consider the nature of the good life, and the role of pleasure and intellect in the context of that life. The dialogue combines subtlety of argument with intricacy of dramatic construction and brilliant characterization. This translation achieves both precision and colloquial naturalness, while the notes and introduction set the arguments in their historical and philosophical context
Plato's Euthyphro by Plato( file )
238 editions published between 1745 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 5,381 libraries worldwide
At head of title: New national edition. I. The Republic, introduction and analysis.--II. The Republic.--III. The trial and death of Socrates.--IV. Charmides and other dialogues, Selections from the Laws
Timaeus by Platón( file )
181 editions published between 1532 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 4,084 libraries worldwide
Donald J. Zeyl's translation of Timaeus is presented along with his 75 page introductory essay, which discusses points of contemporary interest in the Timaeus, deals at length with long-standing and current issues of interpretation, and provides a consecutive commentary on the work as a whole
Meno by Plato( file )
200 editions published between 1535 and 2018 in 14 languages and held by 4,047 libraries worldwide
About G.M.A Grube's translations of Plato: ""Unmistakably superior: more lucid, more accurate, more readable. Above all, they're lucidly adorned, unpretentious, and in translating Plato that counts a good deal. The prose is, as English prose, persuasive, cogent, and as eloquent as it can be without departing from the text. --William Arrowsmith
Phaedrus by Plato( file )
310 editions published between 1810 and 2017 in 16 languages and held by 3,927 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
Philebus by Plato( file )
128 editions published between 1779 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 3,843 libraries worldwide
In this work, one of the late Socratic dialogues, Socrates and his companions discuss the relative value of pleasure and knowledge
Statesman by Plato( file )
56 editions published between 1925 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,362 libraries worldwide
The Statesman is Plato's neglected political work, but it is crucial for an understanding of the development of his political thinking. In some respects it continues themes from the Republic, particularly the importance of knowledge as entitlement to rule. But there are also changes: Plato has dropped the ambitious metaphysical synthesis of the Republic, changed his view of the moral psychology of the citizen, and revised his position on the role of law and institutions
Parmenides' lesson : translation and explication of Plato's Parmenides by Plato( file )
63 editions published between 1774 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,878 libraries worldwide
"A dialogue in which old Parmenides advises the youthful Socrates to argue by the Zenonian method. This is one of Plato's dialectical dialogues"--Provided by publisher
Theaetetus by Plato( file )
85 editions published between 1577 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,834 libraries worldwide
In the Theaetetus Plato made a pioneering contribution to one of the central problems of Western philosophy
Plato's Parmenides by Plato( file )
27 editions published between 1865 and 2003 in English and German and held by 2,417 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
Sophist by Plato( file )
34 editions published between 1990 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,251 libraries worldwide
"A standing protest against the error of marring the finely-graduated lineaments of truth, thus destroying the vitality of thought. This is one of Plato's dialectical dialogues"--Provided by publisher
Critias by Platón( file )
19 editions published between 1902 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,249 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
Laches by Plato( file )
54 editions published between 1736 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,126 libraries worldwide
Lysis by Plato( file )
16 editions published between 1551 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,915 libraries worldwide
"Socrates, Lysis, and Menexenus try to define friendship. The dialogue leads to a confession of ignorance"--Provided by publisher
The laws by Plato( Book )
60 editions published between 1917 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,715 libraries worldwide
The last of Plato's dialogues, distinguished from his earlier works by its more practical treatment of political problems. Though criticized in some detail by Aristotle in the "Politics", it undoubtedly exercised a profound influence upon his thought, and through him upon subsequent political theory
Plato, Clitophon by S. R Slings( file )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 1,688 libraries worldwide
"The Clitophon, a dialogue generally ascribed to Plato, is significant for focusing on Socrates' role as an exhorter of other people to engage in philosophy. It was almost certainly intended to bear closely on Plato's Republic and is a specimen of the philosophical protreptic, an important genre very fashionable at the time. Professor Slings here provides a text based on new examination of all relevant manuscripts and accompanies it with a translation. The Commentary, the first ever to be published in English, elucidates the Greek and discusses many passages where the meaning is not entirely clear."--Jacket
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