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The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics)
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on November 8, 2014
Wonderful piece of knowledge. In this book Plato introduces us to the brilliant mind of Socrates and his belief in afterlife. The concepts of heavens and hell. he talks about the earth and in many different aspects. Many things that people take as Christian values do not seem to be the case after reading this book. It sheds a light on the many aspects of our belief system, spirituality etc. Must read if you want to have a better understanding of Christianity and its roots. This book contains; before Socrates' trial, his trial and after his trial.
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on January 23, 2003
As Socrates abstained from recording his philosophies, we must thank Plato for having the insight to preserve Socratic thoughts for posterity. As a student of Socrates, it seems that Plato, through his own writings, attempts to preserve the memory of his well respected teacher.
In The Last Days of Socrates, Plato begins with Euthyphro and we see the Socratic method in action. Socrates and Euthyphro discuss the nature of piety, and through a serious of thought provoking questions, Socrates argues for what he feels is the proper relationship between Man and God.
Next, Plato discusses the trial of Socrates by the Athenian aristocracy. Again, we see Socrates using his rhetorical skills in illustrating the hypocrisy and prejudice pervading throughout the Athenian government. Socrates discusses what role a good citizen should play in government. He announces his being a "gadfly" on the hide of the establishment, and we also find Socrates exposing his own intelligence by claiming that he, in fact, knows very little. The Apology is by far my personal favorite section of the book.
After Socrates conviction, we find him discussing the morality of obeying or breaking laws in Crito. He meets with one of his close friends and the two discuss Socrates' options in regard to his death sentence. Here we see Socrates espouse the belief that it is acceptable to break an unjust law, however, one must also accept the consequences for breaking said law in order to preserve the stability of society.
The Last Days of Socrates tackles many complex issues which are as relevant today as they were when first committed to paper in the 4th century B.C. This should be standard reading for any introductory course in political theory, and a must have for anyone interested in philosophy or ethics.
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on April 4, 2017
Truly life changing. Highly recommended for those in law school.
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on March 28, 2018
Just as described. Thank you!
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on April 6, 2018
Great read
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on April 7, 2016
Very interesting if your into these type of guys
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on March 27, 2016
Great anthology, good translation
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on August 9, 2013
This book answers some of the information I wanted to read. It is a great book and well written. The books were delivered to me on a timely basis in an excellent condition.
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on March 3, 2015
Perfect book. If you are trying to figure out the darkest parts of being human to its brighter parts, this is the book!
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on November 6, 2015
The Last Days of Socrates. Probably getting it for a class. This is the one you need. Story of Socrates as he was imprisoned and refused to flee for he did not believe he was guilty of anything.
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