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A Plato Reader bargains 8 of Plato's best-known works--Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo, Symposium, Phaedrus, and Republic--unabridged, expertly brought and annotated, and in largely well known translations through C. D. C. Reeve, G. M. A. Grube, Alexander Nehamas, and Paul Woodruff.
The assortment gains Socrates as its significant personality and a version of the tested lifestyles. Its variety permits us to work out him in motion in very assorted settings and philosophical modes: from the elenctic Socrates of the Meno and the dialogues bearing on his trial and dying, to the erotic Socrates of the Symposium and Phaedrus, to the dialectician of the Republic.
Of Reeve's translation of this ultimate masterpiece, Lloyd P. Gerson writes, "Taking complete benefit of S. R. Slings' new Greek textual content of the Republic, Reeve has given us a translation either actual and limpid. Loving awareness to element and deep familiarity with Plato's idea are obtrusive on each web page. Reeve's fantastic selection to forged the discussion into direct speech produces a compelling effect of immediacy unrivaled by means of different English translations at the moment available."
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You see, men of Athens, this fellow seems very arrogant and intemperate to me and to have written this indictment simply out of some sort of arrogance, intemperance, and youthful rashness. Indeed, he seems to have composed a sort of riddle in order to test me: “Will the so-called wise Socrates recognize that I’m playing around and contradicting myself? ” And that’s just childish playing around, isn’t it? Please examine with me, gentlemen, why it seems to me that this is what he’s saying. And you, Meletus, answer us.
The result is that those they question are angry not at themselves, but at me, and say that Socrates is a thoroughly pestilential fellow who corrupts the young. Then, when they’re asked what he’s doing or teaching, they’ve nothing to say, as they don’t know. ” For they wouldn’t be willing to tell the truth, I imagine: that it has become manifest they pretend to know, but know nothing. So, seeing that these people are, I imagine, ambitious, vehement, and numerous, and have been speaking earnestly and persuasively about me, they’ve long been filling your ears with vehement slanders.
But if I’m corrupting them unintentionally, the law doesn’t require that I be brought to court for such mistakes—that is, unintentional ones—but that I be taken aside for private instruction and admonishment. For it’s clear that if I’m instructed, I’ll stop doing what I do unintentionally. You, however, avoided associating with me and were unwilling to instruct me. Instead, you bring me here, where the law requires you to bring those in need of punishment, not instruction. Well, men of Athens, what I said before is absolutely clear by this point, namely, that Meletus has never cared about these matters to any extent, great or small.
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