Rich in drama and humour, they include the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers, forming an incisive overview of Plato's philosophy.… (more)
EDITOR'S PREFACE Each contributor to this volume has attempted to translate Plato's subtle and elusive Greek into clear and idiomatic English; beyond this minimum requirement I have not sought to impose any uniformity of style.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATES I. Childish Questions 'Mummy, why can't we have yesterday again?' 'Mummy, would I be me if Daddy had married somebody else?' 'Daddy, will you go and fetch the moon for me?'