While heading to court to answer charges of corrupting the youth, Socrates meets up with Euthyphro who is reporting his father for murder. Many believe Euthyphro crazy to prosecute his own father. Euthyphro seems so sure that his deeds are correct and pious. Socrates, hoping to learn the nature of piety that it might help him with his own legal woes, begins a philosophical dialogue with Euthyphro. My own objection would be that this is a bit of circular reasoning in that it defines the concept by the act he wants to justify as being pious in the first place. Turning your father in who committed murder is pious because piety is turning your father in if he does wrong.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. An excellent introduction to Plato's philosophy. If you're interested in the historical figure of Socrates, these dialogues are most are most concerned with his life. This is a great place to start. The Euthyphro is a typical early dialogue and sets the stage for the charges that face later Socrates in the Apology.
Both are very readable. Crito and Phaedo show Socrates in prison accepting his fate with poise and refusing to escape. They are also the most vivid explanation of the immortality of the soul.
Meno is a middle dialogue that poses important problems of knowledge and learning resolved by the theory of Forms and Recollection. It's also the most difficult and rewarding of the bunch. This Hackett edition is nice but not great. The dialogues are the Grube translation, edited by Cooper. The introduction by Grube is rather short and just explains the logic behind the grouping of the five dialogues, which is disappointing compared to other Hackett's.
However, the translation is good, if a bit literal. There are explanatory footnotes for all of Socrates' idioms and historical references. The margins and book design are nice and readable for such a compact book.
The main advantage this little 8x5 paperback has is that it's cheap, easy to carry, and perfect for writing in. I feel the same way about the other excellent Hackett editions of "Symposium", "Phaedrus", and "Laches and Charmides". Now that my interest in Plato has solidified, I will likely invest in the Hardcover collection "Plato: Complete Works".
However, you will miss out on the introductions found in the individual Hackett's, in particular Symposium's and Phaedrus which are fantastic. These Five Dialogues by Plate on Socrates are not easy reading, at least not for me. Even so, they were worth reading as they give insight into the mind of a great world-known and renowned philosopher. Today we like to get to the point, and quickly. That was not the case with Aristotle and his companions who endlessly discussed in the Dialogues the meaning of life and the soul.
On many occasions in the Dialogues, when I had thought that Plato summarizing Socrates has reached a logical conclusion, we would find that he hadn't! And then we took another look at things. I finally realized that Socrates on these topics was part of a long line of philosophers seeking to understand mystery.
He did not give up, and in Christian understanding points the way to further discussion. For me, some of these issues were more clearly settled by St. Thomas Aquinas, who considered them nearly two thousand years later in the Summa. Others would say that Thomas didn't settle them either, which I do not agree with for the most part.
If you are looking for a definitive answer, this in not the place to look. But it is if you are looking to understand the development of these ideas. And that is an important and worthy search.
Enjoy year search, and do not become discouraged! I am giving these translations 5 stars. They are the translations I learned from. I bought a paperback copy years ago. I now decided to buy a kindle copy for convenience. I was unhappy to find that, at least in the case of the Meno, the numerous explanatory notes in the paperback version were omitted from the kindle version. However, the notes were included in the case of the Euthyphro, so maybe it was carelessness rather than a deliberate policy in the case of the Meno.
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