Plato's Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo... (Book published


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Author  Plato
Publisher  Agora Publications
Publication Date   September 22, 2005
ISBN  1887250441
Pages  149

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Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo These four dialogues present the trial, imprisonment, and execution of Socrates who Phaedo said was “the wisest, best, and most righteous person I have ever known.” In the Euthyphro, Socrates approaches the court where he will be tried on charges of atheism and corrupting the young. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert in religious matters. Socrates challenges Euthyphro’s claim that ethics should be based on religion. In the Apology, Socrates presents his own defense. He explains why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people, a process that has generated great resentment and has led to his indictment. He insists that instead of being punished, he should be rewarded for his service to his fellow citizens. Socrates fails in his attempt to avoid the death sentence, but his friend Crito has bribed the guards and offers him a way to escape. In the third dialogue, Crito tries to persuade Socrates that it is right to flee from the unjust sentence imposed on him. In the course of their conversation, they probe the foundations of civil and moral law and treat issues that are as relevant to our time as to theirs. The Phaedo presents Socrates’ final conversation. What will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution? Socrates and his friends examine several arguments to prove that the death of the body does not result in killing the soul.

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