Minos! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Translated by W.R.M. Lamb, Delphi Complete Works of Plato (Illustrated) (Delphi Ancient Classics Book 5)

THEME: A search for the definition of law,  Socrates: Tell me, what is law? Companion: To what kind of law does your question refer?  Socrates: What! Is there any difference between law and law, in this particular point of being law? For just consider what is the actual question I am putting to you. It is as though … Continue reading Minos! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Translated by W.R.M. Lamb, Delphi Complete Works of Plato (Illustrated) (Delphi Ancient Classics Book 5)

Charmides! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

THEME: An inquiry into the meaning of Temperance,  Now you know, my friend, that I (Socrates) cannot measure anything, and of the beautiful, I am simply such a measure as a white line is of chalk; for almost all young persons appear to be beautiful in my eyes. But at that moment, when I saw him (Charmides) coming … Continue reading Charmides! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Laws! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: An account of government and laws, the natural principles of right and wrong in laws, model of the whole virtue, the nature and power of right education, on the subject of music and convivial entertainment, On the correct principles of Music, On training of human natures, On the purpose of wine, On Free Will, On the problem of Evil, On Nature as the Mind, On … Continue reading Laws! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Symposium! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: On the noble error, the nature of true praise, the being and nature of love, works of love, on the birth of love, the nature of the spirit Love, on the mysteries of love,  Impossible: I (Apollodorus) said. Are you ignorant that for many years Agathon has not resided at Athens; and not three … Continue reading Symposium! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Sophist! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: The search after the sophist, inquiry into the nature/reality of not-being, on the problem of Being, on admixture/communion of natures, on the possibility of falsehood, on the conception of language and opinion, on the definition of disease, vice, ignorance, the nature of essence... THEODORUS: Nay, Socrates, he is not one of the disputatious sort--he is too good for … Continue reading Sophist! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Statesman! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: On what is an ideal State, delineation of a Statesman, the nature of the second-best State, on the notion of good governance without laws/law isn't the perfection of right, the nature of excess and defect, the nature of the righteous judge, the nature of the Royal Web. Where shall we discover the path of … Continue reading Statesman! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Theaetetus! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: On what knowledge is or rather is not, On the difference between a philosopher and a lawyer, On theories of mind, On the doctrine of perpetual flux, On the existence/non-existence of false opinion. 'Is not learning growing wiser about that which you learn?' …  And by wisdom the wise are wise? …  And is that different in any way from knowledge?  … Continue reading Theaetetus! (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

The Republic (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: On what is Justice, the best form of governance, on whether injustice is more advantageous than justice, on whether the unjust are happy and the just miserable, forms of the State and forms of the human soul, Book 1 Justice: attempts at defining the term: - (Cephalus/Simonides/Polemarchus) whether it is repayment of debt… the return of a deposit of gold which … Continue reading The Republic (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Phaedrus (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: on the nature and power of love, the figure of the soul, rules of writing and speech making… Now I have no leisure for such enquiries (Religious allegories/myths); shall I tell you why? I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I … Continue reading Phaedrus (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Euthydemus (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Themes: Discussion on verbal trickery, wrangling of words, correct use of words, the science of happiness, the amphibious class, the nature of intermediates, … The teaching of virtue, Socrates, he (Euthydemus) replied, is our principal occupation; and we believe that we can impart it better and quicker than any man. but tell me one thing, --can you make a good … Continue reading Euthydemus (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Halycon & Axiochus dialogues (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from these Socratic dialogues by Plato, George Pallatos & George Burges translations respectively)

HALYCON Theme: On the weakness of human mind!!! We seem to be completely short-sighted judges of what is likely or unlikely - we make our judgment according to the best of our human ability, which is weak, unreliable and blind. Numerous things which are possible seem, to us, not possible, and many things which are … Continue reading Halycon & Axiochus dialogues (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from these Socratic dialogues by Plato, George Pallatos & George Burges translations respectively)

Apology dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)

Let the judge decide justly and the speaker speak truly… Charges levied on Socrates, through the mouthpieces of Meletus (represents poets), Anytus (represents craftsmen) and Lycon (represents rhetoricians) …): (Ancient slanderers) tell of one Socrates, a wise man, who speculated about the heaven above, and searched into the earth beneath, and made the worse appear … Continue reading Apology dialogue (Synopsis – highlights & unredacted quotes lifted from the Socratic dialogue by Plato, Benjamin Jowett translation)