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.
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As the father of Western philosophy, who transformed Greek thought with his questioning insights into life and ethics, Socrates (470--399 bc) was a powerful inspiration -- and major irritant -- to the Athenians of his day. After his trial and execution on charges of heresy and the corruption of young minds, his greatest pupil Plato (c. 427--347 bc) wrote these early dialogues as an act of homage.
Early Socratic Dialogues by Plato
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