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Socrates and the Sophists: Plato's Protagoras, Euthydemus, Hippias and Cratylus (Focus Philosophical Library) Paperback – August 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Focus Philosophical Library
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Focus (August 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585103624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585103621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps more than any other dialogue, the Cratylus has been in need of retranslation. Yet because it is a dialogue about words that is also replete with plays on words, with pretended etymologies, and perhaps with more comedy than any other dialogue, translating it is a daunting task. There is no one better suited for this task than Joe Sachs. His translations of Greek philosophical classics are widely acclaimed both for their truthfulness to the original Greek text and for their sensitivity to every nuance of the text. Sachs’s translation of the Cratylus is a rare achievement and no doubt will do much to restore to this dialogue its rightful status as one of the major Platonic dialogues.
—John Sallis, Boston College



Sachs’ introductory discussion of sophistry and philosophy in Plato is the best I know of and highly recommended for the serious student of philosophy.
—Burt Hopkins, Seattle University

About the Author

Joe Sachs taught for thirty years at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. He has translated Aristotle's "Physics," "Metaphysics" and "On the Soul" and, for the Focus Philosophical Library, Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics" and "Poetics", and Plato's "Theaetetus" and "Republic."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By italtrav on April 19, 2014
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The merits of Joe Sacks' translations are considerable. What I didn't expect was the wide-ranging, 60-page essay on the Ideas and eidetic numbers that prefaces the translation. The essay alone makes this an advisable acquisition for any student of things Platonic.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin White on November 1, 2014
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I ordered a new copy, received a used one.
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