The Last Days of Socrates

The Last Days of Socrates


Editor: Harold Tarrant
Translator:

Format
Paperback
Price
$14.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140449280
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The trial and death of Socrates (469-399 BCE) have almost as central a place in Western consciousness as the trial and death of Jesus. In four superb dialogues, Plato provides the classic account. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature of piety, while the Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of the philosopher’s life. In the Crito, while awaiting execution in prison, Socrates counters the arguments of friends urging him to escape. Finally, in the Phaedo, he is shown calmly confident in the face of death, skilfully arguing the case for the immortality of the soul.

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Table of Contents

The Last Days of SocratesChronology
Preface
General Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

Euthyphro—Holiness
Socrates in Confrontation

Apology

—Justice and Duty (i)
Socrates Speaks at his Trial

Crito

—Justice and Duty (ii)
Socrates in Prison

Phaedo

—Wisdom and the Soul
Socrates about to Die

Postscript: The Theory of Ideas in the Phaedo

Notes
Index

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