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Penguin Classics
18 July 2005
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500; Penguin Black Classics
Rich in drama and humour, they include the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers, forming an incisive overview of Plato's philosophy.
By:   Plato, Chris Emlyn-Jones
Introduction by:   Trevor J. Saunders
Edited by:   Trevor J. Saunders
Translated by:   Trevor J. Saunders
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   292g
ISBN:   9780140455038
ISBN 10:   0140455035
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   18 July 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

As the father of Western philosophy, who transformed Greek thought with his questioning insights into life and ethics, Socrates (470-399 bc) was a powerful inspiration - and major irritant - to the Athenians of his day. After his trial and execution on charges of heresy and the corruption of young minds, his greatest pupil Plato (c. 427-347 bc) wrote these early dialogues as an act of homage. Chris Emlyn-Jones teaches in the department of Classical Studies at the Open University.

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