Phaedrus

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Filiquarian Publishing, LLC., May 1, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 88 pages
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Phaedrus, authored by Plato, is a dialogue between Socrates, a protagonist and Phaedrus, an interlocutor. Written around the same time as Plato's major works including Republic and Symposium, Phaedrus focuses on the important topic of love and discusses the use of rhetoric while also touching on other similar subjects including reincarnation and eroticism. This is an excellent book for those who are interested in the major works of Plato and also those just starting to discover Plato's writings.
  

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Read the whole thing slowly. Plato's poetic apology of sorts to Eros for denying the soul-edifying pleasures of sticky, messy love. Also, a comparison of writing and speaking. Page 27 Here the word is false, but in Carson's translation "This story isn't true."

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Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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