The Last Days of Socrates (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Last Days of Socrates Presents an account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC). This title develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. It focuses on the themes of identity and confrontation.
- Published: 25 January 2011
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140455496 ISBN 10: 0140455493
- Sales rank: 23,669
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Full description for The Last Days of Socrates
'Consider just this, and give your minds to this alone: whether or not what I say is just'. Plato's account of Socrates' trial and death (399 BC) is a significant moment in Classical literature and the life of Classical Athens. In these four dialogues, Plato develops the Socratic belief in responsibility for one's self and shows Socrates living and dying under his philosophy. In "Euthyphro", Socrates debates goodness outside the courthouse; "Apology" sees him in court, rebutting all charges of impiety; in "Crito", he refuses an entreaty to escape from prison; and in "Phaedo", Socrates faces his impending death with calmness and skillful discussion of immortality. Christopher Rowe's introduction to his powerful new translation examines the book's themes of identity and confrontation, and explores how its content is less historical fact than a promotion of Plato's Socratic philosophy.