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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482045893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482045895
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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I read this book at the time when my dad is currently now dying of cancer. And it couldn't have been a better time for this book to help me to coup. The book starts off on Socrates's trial, then after his death sentence, was interviewed by one of his students about what was said after the sentence date was set.

He has some interesting points of view about what happens after death. About the soul and immortality, and all.
But I keep asking myself, "How does he (or anyone for that matter) know this? How can anyone know about on what happens to someone after they die? As an Atheist, to me its all just speculation. But I will say this much...

Whether there's an afterlife or not, it ultimately is not up to us to decide. It wasn't up to us to be born, what gender, race or abnormalities we have. Nor is it up to us, what happens after we die. It doesn't need our approval to exist or not. No more than the ground we walk on needs our approval to walk on it.

As for my soon-to-be late dad. It'll be a very difficult time for me in my life. But I'm glad that this book reached me in time to help me get through it.
And so, in closing. Enjoy your life. Enjoy it with your loved ones. Spend as much time with them as you can. Life and time are both precious, and once you spent that time with your life on the ones you love, it's well worth the investment once they're gone.
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It has been too many years since I read the Apology and the Phaedo to comment on them but the Crito is Socrates defense regarding his decision to submit to the will of the Athenian people and drink poison rather than fleeing the city. It is an interesting argument and much of it holds water, though we might not agree with all of Socrates premises, primarily his notion that one owes a higher responsibility to the state than to one's own family. The Apology recounts his defense against the accusation that he corrupts the youth of Athens and the Phaedo recounts his last day on earth and his thoughts on the immortality of the soul, but as I said it has been too many years since I read these so I can't say more than that.
This Kindle edition seems to be a good translation - though I can't say that for certain since I am not familiar with the original Greek. What I mean is that it is easy to follow the argument and the wording is not awkward. It is certainly worth the $0.99 price!
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This is an amazing book of philosophy and trial of Socrates, the man considered to be the Father of World Philosophy. The book is written by Plato, one of the staunch devoted pupil of Socrates and prominent ancient philosopher. The book is nothing but the translation of three of Plato’s works namely, “The Apologia”, “The Crito” and “The Phaedo” all of which have reference to the trial, imprisonment and death of Socrates.
The first part represents the trial of Socrates in the court of law at Athens, where he argues for himself at the age of seventy, on the charges against him, that he did not believe in the Gods recognized by the State and that he had corrupted the Athenian youth by his teachings. Though Socrates gives all reasonable and logical explanations to prove his integrity and innocence, the judges sentence him to 'death by poison', which Socrates obeys, as he was committed to follow the law of the land. In the second part, Plato records the visit of Crito, Simmias, Cebes and Phaedo along with many of friends and pupils of Socrates, in the prison, to offer him a secret escape. But Socrates convinces all of them against such act, as he believes in obeying the diktat of the supreme law governing Athens. The third and the last part records the final day of Socrates in the prison when he teaches the immortality of soul, its pre-existence, its journey and the law of contraries. He comes to a conclusion that death brings about liberation of his good soul to a different world of peace and harmony and hence he welcomes such a separation without any grief or pain. He finally bids farewell to his pupils, friends, family, takes a bath and drinks the poison to lie down and pass on to eternal sleep, which he calls ‘death’ or separation of the immortal soul from the moral body.
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This is of course a must in a Philosophy college course, but the numbering of the sections is not in the typical format. Instead of page numbers usually Socratic texts are numbered in a way similar to a play, but not in this book.
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I actually read the pdf version of this, since the whole book has a lot of Intros and comments which I did not wish to read. Actually in my opinion Socrates' whole discourse could be summarized in a single sentence, but who am I to criticize an ancient Greek philosopher?
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I am going to write about the convenience of having this available as a Kindle book. I am taking an Ethics class this semester, and Plato's Apology and Crito were reading assignments. The professor gave links to read them for free from websites, but I do not care for reading from my laptop if I can help it. I downloaded this book to my Kindle so I could easily take Plato with me while waiting for doctor's appointments/during lunch breaks at work. While I have not made the leap to using e-text books(I cannot get past the assumption that it would be awkward), I am happy that my beloved Kindle can still serve some purpose in my education beyond collecting dust while I am busy writing papers and studying.
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