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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466269189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466269187
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plato was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and 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 to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.

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It is also a quick and easy reading for philosophy begginers.
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For me, I get so much more out of a book when it makes me think about my own life and question the world around me.
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Its one of his best works, and I would recommend this to anyone who loves philosophy as much as I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.W. Cooper on June 7, 2013
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Everyone should read and think. Not an easy read but a very deep thought provoking read. I do highly recommend. This book
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This book is Plato’s version of the defence of Socrates by himself in the court of law. The defence of Socrates is divided into three main parts.
1) The defence
2) Argument to mitigate the penalty imposed on him
3)Criticism or disapproval of death sentence.

Meletus and Anytus, the main accusers of Socrates on three points that 1) Socrates doesn’t believe in Gods followed by the kingdom but advises his followers to believe in the sons of those Gods 2) Socrates is an evil doer, who searches into things under the earth and above the Sun 3) Socrates amassed huge wealth while imparting knowledge to youth, thus corrupting them. Socrates was never interested in pleading innocence in the court of law as he considered death as an eternal sleep and that one is blessed with ‘death’ to get transformed into next birth. He cleverly argues all the accusations made on him through his excellent advocacy which in turn confirm his knowledge and grip over philosophy to the greatest heights of his time. The book brings out the mind of Socrates in his own words. The way he confronts Meletus and Anytus with intelligent questioning and self explanatory answers surprise the entire court hall, including the judges. The speech goes as an Apology and at the same time rebuke of the false accusations made on him. He prays to people of Athens to try and understand his philosophy in his own style of words which may appear harsh to audience who were not ready to listen to him.

Positives: Wisdom redefined. Socrates Philosophy though difficult to understand, is brought down to near simplification, thanks to Plato and his translations.
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This is truly one of the most important short works you will ever read. For me, I get so much more out of a book when it makes me think about my own life and question the world around me. There has been many instances in which I myself have felt condemned for choosing to live, so to speak. For instance when you make a bold move in your life such as quitting a job or choosing to go back to school or to live unconditionally in order to follow your good passions, people are so quick to judge you. in a sense they feel jealous because they lack the courage to live authentically and so they tend to view you as though you are accusing them somehow.

In a lot of different ways this book gives courage and solace to those of us who choose to live.
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By Amanda on July 1, 2014
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This is really an astounding short work that needs to be read thoroughly. Socrates was quite the powerhouse of a person.
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When a book has been around for 2400 years, you can be pretty sure it's good and worth reading. This one is no exception. There are a dozen lines worth remembering, and by the end, you can hear the ironic desperation in Socrates's voice: "The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways--I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows."

Smarter people than I have read and analyzed this work. I don't pretend to know what it's "really about," but the chord struck in me was the conflict between principled stubbornness and unprincipled survival. Socrates talks it out.

People have been reading this for 2400 years. You should jump on the bandwagon.
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By Hadley on January 24, 2014
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Plato really shows us with Socrates was like in the apology. Its one of his best works, and I would recommend this to anyone who loves philosophy as much as I do.
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While spending a 6-month sentence of unemployment, I was reading a Facebook post from a friend who had to read this for a class she was taking. My nerd brain kicked-in, and I thought I would join her in reading it. I had no idea what to expect- but, it turns out... I really liked it!

At first, you might find yourself getting lost in the language, but, stick with it. You'll love the way he 'apologizes.' ;)
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By Justin Nicholes on December 2, 2013
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Whenever I need a love of truth and live renewed, I go back to this trusty work of art and philosophy. Plato's at his best here. This copy, too, while free through Kindle classics is also very readable and well done. Nothing to lose here, and a whole, whole lot to gain.
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