Plato Benjamin Jowett
- Title: Selected Dialogues
- Author: Plato Benjamin Jowett
- ISBN: 9780375758409
- Page: 131
- Format: Paperback
Benjamin Jowett s translations of Plato have long been classics in their own right In this volume, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett s renderings of five key dialogues, giving us a modern Plato faithful to both Jowett s best features and Plato s own masterly style.Gathered here are many of Plato s liveliest and richest texts Ion takes up the question of poetrBenjamin Jowett s translations of Plato have long been classics in their own right In this volume, Professor Hayden Pelliccia has revised Jowett s renderings of five key dialogues, giving us a modern Plato faithful to both Jowett s best features and Plato s own masterly style.Gathered here are many of Plato s liveliest and richest texts Ion takes up the question of poetry and introduces the Socratic method Protagoras discusses poetic interpretation and shows why cross examination is the best way to get at the truth Phaedrus takes on the nature of rhetoric, psychology, and love, as does the famous Symposium Finally, Apology gives us Socrates art of persuasion put to the ultimate test defending his own life.Pelliccia s new Introduction to this volume clarifies its contents and addresses the challenges of translating Plato freshly and accurately In its combination of accessibility and depth, Selected Dialogues of Plato is the ideal introduction to one of the key thinkers of all time.
Recent Comments "Selected Dialogues"
How should you really do a review of this? I want to start by stating the formula I came up with for giving it the 3 star "I liked it" rating. First and foremost, the thing that really makes this collection of dialogues readable is the heartfelt and piercing introduction by Hayden Pelliccia. This introduction, accompanied with explanations on why the Jowett translation was used, how she improved on the Jowett translation, and her quest for accuracy in the details of the dialogues, is what really [...]
Platonic dialogues, while some of the most important philosophical works this world will ever see, can be awfully dull at times. That is the only reason I am withholding that fifth star in this review. Part of me actually hopes that Socrates didn't actually exist and that he was sort of a Martinus Scriblerus for Plato and his compatriots. If Socrates existed and actually spoke to people the way he does in Plato's dialogues, it's no wonder he was put to death.At any rate, this selection of Plato' [...]
Hayden Pelliccia de-Victorianizes Benjamin Jowlett's translation of five writings - mis-titled Dialogues, as the Apology is almost entirely a monologue - selected for their literary representation of Aristocles. The first three dialogues are named for the interlocuter engaging Socrates.'Dialogues' begins with an un-intimidating dialogue in Ion. This humorous and short writing has Socrates overwhelming a witless antagonist, who has such a broad definition of his art that he equates it with genera [...]
I admit that I didn't give this book my full attention. If my observations are off-base, this is why.It appears to me that Plato was a Marxist. Or rather that Marx was a Platoist.In "The Republic," he called for children to be taken away from their parents at a very early age to be raised by the state:"The proper officers will take the offspring of the good parents to the pen or the fold, and there they will deposit them with certain nurses who dwell in a separate quarter; but the offspring of t [...]
So far I have read only one of the dialogues from this collection--Phaedrus--but it is a good translation of a great dialogue. Take the time to read this slowly and you will see Plato at his finest. Three speeches on the nature of love are the focus of the dialogue, but don't skim the dramatic interludes. The more I read Plato the more I see the incredible philosophical nuance of what might at first seem to be only literary device. There is great wisdom lurking in every sentence of this short te [...]
The book I have is an older version translated by Jowett in 1967. It is so old I had to tape it together. It looks like a blue painters tape version with the title put on the spine with a sharpie. Incredible and indispensable, the Dialogues in my version include: apology, crito, phaedo, symposium, and republic. I read another version of the republic to get a better break down of the ideas that it holds, but all together this version was more than sufficient.
Have to read Phaedres for my UH class. Not sure what Phaedres has to do with education yet, but it's challenging my thinking about love hmmm
If you are going to read a selection of Plato's "Dialogues", this perhaps is the best anthology to read.
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