Philosophical Books About Plato
Philosophical Books About Plato
Plato was an Athenian Greek philosopher who lived from 428/427 to 348/347 BCE. He remains one the most prominent figures in Western philosophy, and people still study his works today. Which is why we find ourselves here, what books can we read to have a better understanding of this ancient philosopher? Over the course of his life, he founded his own school and developed the philosophy that endures today. Can learning about the Plato’s life, work, and his allegory of the cave lead us to learn what it means to be human? Let’s find out together by reading some of the works listed below!
Plato: Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo
The first book to read to understand more about Plato and Socrates would have to be the Apology, by Plato. It’s Plato’s version of Socrates’ court speech. In total Plato wrote five dialogues that showcase Socrates philosophy.
Publisher Description: The second edition of Five Dialogues presents G. M. A. Grube's distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with an updated bibliography.
The Republic of Plato
Allan Bloom translated this historic piece from Plato’s Republic. Great translation and a good interpretation of the text.
Publisher Description: The definitive translation of Plato's Republic, the most influential text in the history of Western philosophy. Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato's Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed translation by Allan Bloom was the first to take a strictly literal approach. In addition to the annotated text, there is also a rich and valuable essay -- as well as indices -- which will enable readers to better understand the heart of Plato's intention. This edition includes an introduction by renowned critic Adam Kirsch, setting the work in its intellectual context for a new generation of students and readers.
Plato: Complete Works
If you’re looking for commentary to follow along Plato’s writings then look no further! This book has all of Plato’s works in one. Let’s see if we can find some nuggets in here to learn more about Plato!
Publisher Description: Outstanding translations by leading contemporary scholars--many commissioned especially for this volume--are presented here in the first single edition to include the entire surviving corpus of works attributed to Plato in antiquity. In his introductory essay, John Cooper explains the presentation of these works, discusses questions concerning the chronology of their composition, comments on the dialogue form in which Plato wrote, and offers guidance on approaching the reading and study of Plato's works.
Also included are concise introductions by Cooper and Hutchinson to each translation, meticulous annotation designed to serve both scholar and general reader, and a comprehensive index. This handsome volume offers fine paper and a high-quality Smyth-sewn cloth binding in a sturdy, elegant edition.
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