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Lists with This Book. Feb 16, Grah rated it it was amazing. Who wouldn’t love a series of dialogs from a smartass who walked around Athens asking people irritating questions until they finally decided to kill him? In all seriousness though, what I really identified with in this book is not so much the actual philosophy of Socrates, but his insistence on making people think about their beliefs and opinions.

View all 3 comments. Nov 14, Terry rated it really liked it Shelves: All of the Platonic eutjyphro in this book come together to form something of a narrative fivee the trial and last days of the famous philosopher Socrates. Covering topics that range from piety, truth, virtue and even the nature of the soul and the afterlife this is a good collection to get started in an investigation of euthypho figure of Socrates and his depiction by his most famous pupil Plato.

On his way to the Athenian law courts to face charges of impiety and the corruption of the youth All of the Platonic dialogues in this book come together to form something of a narrative of the trial and last days of the famous philosopher Socrates. Euthyphro is himself at the courts to charge his own father in the case of the murder of one of his slaves a legal action that many in the Athens of the time would have considered itself an impious actthough Euthyphro himself is convinced ejthyphro he has a more accurate view of the will of the gods than anyone who can stand against him.

Socrates thus hopes that this self-styled prophet and expert on piety can teach it to Socrates himself and ultimately aid him in his legal defense. At first Euthyphro is only too eager to accept the challenge until the penetrating questions of Socrates start to show this would-be ally that his convictions are not based on any rational foundation, but are rather the results of his own baseless assumptions and personal feelings. He is a penetrating questioner, but his lack of tact and disregard for all but the truth show how it was all too likely that even many of those who might admire and support Socrates euthyphhro in the end be driven away by his remorseless quest for answers.

In which Socrates has his day in court and responds to the allegations of impiety and corruption of the young levelled at euthyphgo by the Apologt citizens who are fed up with his ability to constantly show up the flimsy nature of their beliefs.

There is much of interest in this dialogue or really monologue for the most partbut it is xialogues that Socrates avers that the basis dialovues his whole way of life is piety and attributes as the source of his questioning no lesser authority than Apollo himself through the voice of the Delphic oracle. According to Socrates a friend discovered from the oracle that no man was wiser than Socrates himself.

Apparently perturbed by this declaration Socrates decided to put the oracle to the test and so began by questioning all of those thought to apolohy wisest in the etuhyphro, the result being that he soon discovered that all those most likely to put themselves forward as wise were in fact the least wise and often the ones whose opinions held the least water when examined closely.

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Add to this the fact that he holds the position of principal nuisance and aapology to the powerful of Athens and he acknowledges that his place on the chopping block is nearly assured.

He takes his eventual sentence of death philosophically heh, see what I did there? Engaging his friend in his typical question and answer debate format Socrates quickly dismisses any concern as to the stain on their honour since the opinions of the majority have little or nothing to do with the truth and should therefore not be considered when nothing less than that is at stake.


Regardless of the consequences one must follow where the path of virtue leads even unto death. The truth, for Socrates, is an absolute value, not a relative one. The obvious personal interest of his accusers in using the law to gain their own ends, and even the simple fact that the human laws of any state can easily be used to attain nearly any goal by one skilled enough in their manipulation, left me feeling that in this regard Socrates was either being willfully simple, or making an ironic comment on law itself.

Also, given that the ways of states can dialoguws significantly, and Socrates avowed aim is to find the objective Truth with a capital Tto defer to the man-made and situational laws of one state as in some way embodying a facet of this greater Truth left a bad taste in my mouth.

Is this not also a betrayal of the truth, arguably an even larger one than that proposed by his friends? Socrates goes euthyhpro way to answering this argument by claiming that the laws themselves were just, they were merely misused by men, but I still remain largely unconvinced. Crito gives up on any further attempts to convince his friend to escape and Socrates places his fate in the hands of the god.

Socrates searches out the answer to the question of how virtue is attained is it learned, the result of practice, or an in-born quality and skirts around the wider question of what in fact virtue even is.

In the case of the latter investigation Socrates first asserts that the soul is immortal and as such participates in the eternal nature of the cosmos and has therefore come to know all things, which are then able to be recollected by us in our earthly lives. He begins by noting that life is like a prison, a difficult trial which men must overcome by adopting the philosophical life whose end is apparently ultimately to prepare one for death. It would thus appear that the philosopher is, ultimately, a spiritual man.

It seemed to me that Socrates or Plato laid it on a little thick here in denying the utility of sense perceptions as part of rational investigation: Then he will do this most perfectly who approaches the object with thought alone, without associating any sight with his thought, or dragging in any sense perception with his reasoning, but who, using pure thought alone, tries to track down each reality pure and by itself, freeing himself as far as possible from eyes and ears and, in flve word, from the whole body Dia,ogues not the things that we perceive about objects inform our very understanding of these Platonic Ideals in which they supposedly participate?

Dialigues a man born blind and deaf be a good philosopher since he would not be hampered by deceptive sense perceptions?

Socrates seems to adopt an almost dualistic stance equating the body, and all of its functions, with a flawed and even evil nature, while the soul is pure unless dragged down by the desires of the body.

I think it is in the presentation of the doctrine of the Platonic Ideals that I had the most difficulty in this dialogue. Socrates argues that these Ideals are eternal and existed before all other things in the world that merely participate in their nature. In the end Socrates stoically socratically? Sep 25, Eryn rated it really liked it Shelves: Honestly, call me weird, but this was probably dialoguees of the best pieces I’ve read in class this semester. Super interesting and thought-provoking!

Mar 11, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 04, Cameron rated it it was amazing. These dialogues contain the core concepts of Platonic philosophy and serve as a good introduction to the legacy of Socrates and philosophy in the golden age of Greece.

I’ve read these dialogues probably a dozen times in my life and discover something new with each read. Oct 08, Susan rated it it euthypyro amazing Shelves: These dialogues are the account of Socrates’ trial, his refusal of his friends’ offer to help him escape from Athens, and his last day, spent discussing the immortality of the soul. There are at least three strands to these dialogues — the philosophic arguments, myths, and the testimony of Socrates’ own character.

Impossible to read without being moved, inspired and challenged.

Apr 10, Joshua rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dialogues taken from around the time of Socrates’ death. I picked up this book wanting to understand more about the thinking of Socrates and the progressions of logical thought.

My only previous introduction to “the Socratic Method” was diqlogues pop culture references and its abysmal application in public education. Apology, Crito and Phaedo all center upon Socrates’ trial, personal philosophy and final conversation respectively and, while interesting from an academic point of view, I did not find Dialogues taken from around the time dialigues Socrates’ death.


Apology, Crito and Phaedo all center upon Socrates’ trial, personal philosophy and final conversation respectively and, while interesting from apooogy academic point of view, I did not find them very helpful with regard to understanding the manner in which Socrates’ plied his trade.

Euthyphro and Meno, on the other hand, were remarkable for my understanding. In Euthyphro, Socrates attacks the question of the fove of virtue when a young man decides to sue his father for the supposedly wrongful death of one slave that had killed another.

In Meno, Socrates again tries to grasp an underlying meaning to the word, this time with a focus as to the nature of virtue, and whether or not it is a phaeso of knowledge that can be taught or it is ingrained in the “soul” of a man.

Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo by Plato

While, in Meno, the conversation detours into a discussion of the soul and Socrates’ personal belief that knowledge is eternal and “recollected” by the individual rather than learned or discovered, the characterization of knowledge, education and definition were extremely interesting.

Grube’s translations are at once simple and elegant prose which made for both phaddo reading and clear understanding of the text. While the particular dialogues were not necessarily the best ones fivs cut my teeth on for my particular learning project, I would definitely recommend this collection for any one wanting more of the Man behind the Method. Jun 13, Michael rated it it was amazing.

One of the those it’s a bit impertinent to review. People have been ‘reviewing’ Socrates and Plato for 2, years, and Wuthyphro doubt I have much to add. Suffice it to say, eutyphro is a particularly beautiful work of philosophy. The five dialogues here collected all hover around Socrates’ death. In EuthyphroSocrates is preparing for his trial, in Apology he is addressing the jury, in Critohe is on death row, Meno appears in this collection like a flashback, where we see Phaeo offend Anytus, who end One of the those it’s a bit impertinent to review.

In EuthyphroSocrates is preparing for his trial, in Apology he is addressing the jury, in Critohe is on mebo row, Meno appears in this collection like a flashback, where we see Socrates offend Anytus, who ends up being one of his accusers, and finally Phaedo dramatises Socrates’ final moments on earth, and his cheerful acceptance of death.

There are many qualities that make these dialogues so beautiful. First, there is Plato’s open-mindedness. He makes Socrates the hero of all these dialogues, and he treats every viewpoint that is raised as eutuyphro serious contender for truth. Second, there is Plato’s give for imagery. He often expends his best writing on describing the viewpoints of others, as in Phaedowhen Simmias uses the image of the lute to illustrate the ‘harmony theory of the soul’.

Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo

Finally, there is the concision and clarity of the argumentation. Plato was a master of the dialogue form, and even in the passages where Socrates’ interlocutor is just saying things like ‘indeed’, ‘correct’, and ‘By Dialoguez, you’re so smart Socrates’, he uses the dialogue form to emphasise the steps taken to make his arguments, or the problems and pitfalls of reasoning.

As the cold crept through Socrates’ limbs to his heart at the end of PhaedoI was genuinely sad the book was coming to an end—not something I often feel when I reach the end of a philosophy text, an event that usually fills me with relief and a sense of achievement. A monument to humanity—even if women don’t get to participate in the dialogues and mebo the men who do are lazy slave-owning Athenian aristocrats Mar 09, Kristina rated it it was amazing.

I read three out of five dialogues Apology, Crito, Meno. Fice three dialogues were profoundly beautifully written, but Apology affected me the most. It made me question my principles that were supposed to be unwavering and eternal. If anyone can make death seem graceful, it’s Socrates.

It also made me angry. I almost felt offended that a man so hungry for knowledge didn’t truly real I read three out of five dialogues Apology, Crito, Meno. I almost felt offended that a man so hungry for knowledge didn’t truly realize the value of life I don’t care who you are and what your faith is; living is better than being dead.

But it was also a hilarious reading.