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The Dialogues of Plato (5 vols.)

by Plato

Macmillan and Co., Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press 1892

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The Dialogues of Plato (5 vols.)
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Overview

Philosopher and mathematician A. N. Whitehead once claimed that “the safest general characterization of European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” It is difficult to disagree with him. Plato wrote seminal works on ethics, political theory, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. His concept of forms went on to have a great influence on Christian theology in the post-Apostolic period. Many of the ideas that form the basis for Western democracy come from his Republic.

Plato’s works are written as a series of dialogues wherein a number of characters (the chief of which is usually Socrates) discuss various philosophical questions. By both their questions and their answers, the characters explain Plato’s various ideas. Plato’s 25-plus dialogues are the best-known use of the Socratic method—that is, the use of dialogue in teaching. The Dialogues of Plato contains all the dialogues commonly attributed to Plato, translated by Benjamin Jowett.

Logos’ powerful search functions make The Dialogues of Plato vastly more accessible. In addition, names and concepts link to the other texts in your Logos library, allowing you to cross-reference and compare. See how Plato’s ideas influenced Aristotle by pulling them up side by side and comparing them for yourself.

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Key Features

  • Complete index for all five volumes
  • Introduction and analysis by the translator for each dialogue
  • Two appendixes of works often attributed to Plato

Praise for the Print Edition

Plato is one of those world-famed individuals, his philosophy one of those world-renowned creations, whose influence, as regards the culture and development of the mind, has from its commencement down to the present time been all-important.

—G. W. F. Hegel

The extraordinary range of Plato’s interests and his formidable command of the Greek language and cultural tradition make him appear as the inventor of philosophy, and make classical Athens appear as its birthplace.

—Pedro de Blas

Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Individual Titles

The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 1

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co. and London
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 594

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume one contains:
  • Charmides
  • Lysis
  • Laches
  • Protagoras
  • Euthydemus
  • Cratylus
  • Phaedrus
  • Ion
  • Symposium

The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 2

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 576

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume two contains:
  • Meno
  • Euthyphro
  • Apology
  • Crito
  • Phaedo
  • Gorgias
  • Lesser Hippias
  • Alcibiades I
  • Menexenus
  • Alcibiades II
  • Eryxias

The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 3

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 543

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume three contains:
  • Republic
  • Timaeus
  • Critias

The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 4

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 645

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume four contains:
  • Parmenides
  • Theaetetus
  • Sophist
  • Statesman
  • Philebus

The Dialogues of Plato, vol. 5

  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co. and London
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 541

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Volume five contains:
  • Laws

Product Details

  • Title: The Dialogues of Plato
  • Author: Plato
  • Translator: Benjamin Jowett
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 2,899

About Plato

Plato (427–347 BC) was born in Athens to an aristocratic family. A student of Socrates until the latter’s death, he also studied the works of Herculitus, Parmenides, and the Pythagoreans. Following the death of Socrates, Plato spent a number of years travelling around the Mediterranean. He eventually returned to Athens and founded a school of philosophy called the Academy (named for the field in which it was located), where he later taught Aristotle.

Plato wrote works on ethics, politics, morality, epistemology, and metaphysics. He is best known for his theory of forms, the theory that the qualities that define a thing’s existence (redness, beauty) exist in an abstract realm of forms, separate from matter. Plato believed that what was true, and therefore real, must be unchanging. Because the material world is in a constant state of change it is not true reality but a mere illusion. Plato taught that love is the longing for the Beautiful in its purest, most abstract, form. Consequently, love is what motivates all the highest human achievements.

About Benjamin Jowett

Benjamin Jowett (1817–1893) was born in Camberwell, London, to a family of evangelical Anglicans. He attended Balliol College at Oxford University, graduating with first class honors in 1839. Jowett became the Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford in 1855 and Master of Balliol College in 1870. He became vice-chancellor of the university in 1882. In addition to his translation of Plato, Jowett wrote The Epistles of St. Paul.