Five Great Dialogues of Plato: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo


“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” —A.N. Whitehead

These dialogues by Plato have been translated from the original Greek by the scholar and classicist Benjamin Jowett, whose translations are known for their elegance and accuracy.

Euthyphro: a dialogue featuring Socrates and Euthyphro, a man known for claiming to be a religious expert, as they attempt to pinpoint a definition for piety. Apology: Plato’s version of the speech given by Socrates as he unsuccessfully defended himself in 399 BC against the charges of “corrupting the young.” Crito: a conversation between Socrates and his wealthy friend Crito regarding justice, injustice, and the appropriate response to injustice. Meno: a dialogue in which Socrates and Meno, a student, discuss human virtue: whether or not it can be taught, and, what it is. Phaedo: depicts the death of Socrates, in which Socrates discusses with one of his students, Phaedo of Elis, the nature of the afterlife before being executed by drinking hemlock.

Plato was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, and a student of Socrates. He was founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped lay the foundations of Western philosophy. Plato’s most lasting contribution as a writer is his Socratic dialogues.

Five Great Dialogues of Plato: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo
166 pages
$6.95 US
ISBN: 978-0-982129-82-1
Published: July 2009

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