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Sweet, David R., “Introduction to the Greater Hippias,” The Roots of Political Philosophy: Ten Forgotten Socratic Dialogues, ed. Thomas L. Pangle, Ithaca. In the Greater Hippias, Plato’s Socrates questions — “in order to see who is wise and who is not” (Apology 23b) — the Sophist Hippias of Elis. The Hippias Major The Hippias Major, Attributed to Plato. With Introductory Essay and Commentary by Dorothy Tarrant, M.A. + Cambridge.

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Laches, a general in the Athenian army, saw Socrates fight bravely in the battle of Delium. When he and Nicias, another general, are asked to explain the idea of courage, they are at a loss, and words fail them. How does courage differ from thoughtless and reckless audacity?

Can a lion be said to be courageous? What about small children who have little idea of the dangers they face? Should we call people courageous who do not know whether their bravery will produce good or bad consequences?

Phaedrus lures Socrates outside the walls of Athens, where he seldom goes, by promising to share a new work by his friend and mentor, Lysias, a famous writer of speeches. This dialogue provides a powerful example of the dialectical writing that Plato uses to manifest ideas that are essential to human existence and to living a good life.

Phaedrus shows how oral and written forms of language relate to each other and to philosophy. The dramatic nature of Plato’s dialogues is delightfully evident in Symposium.

Cratylus. Parmenides. Greater Hippias. Lesser Hippias

The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon’s house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit hippia insight, they all present their ideas about love – from Erixymachus’ scientific naturalism to Aristophanes’ comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima’s ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself. Socrates questions Ion, an actor who just won a major prize, about his ability to interpret the epic poetry of Homer.

How does an actor, a poet, or any other artist create? Is it by knowing? Is it by inspiration? As the dialogue proceeds, the nature of human creativity emerges as a mysterious process and an greaater puzzle. Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution.

Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself.

What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset? The Athenian court has found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death. While he is waiting to be executed, his friend, Crito, comes to the prison to persuade him to escape and go into exile.

Socrates responds by examining the essence of law and community, probing the various kinds of law and making distinctions that go far beyond the particular issue of whether or not Socrates should escape. In EuthyphroSocrates is on his way to the court, where he must defend himself against serious charges brought by religious and political authorities. On the way he meets Euthyphro, an expert on religious matters who has come to prosecute his own father. Socrates questions Euthyphro’s claim that religion serves as the basis for ethics.


Euthyphro is not able to provide satisfactory answers to Socrates’ questions, but their dialogue leaves us with the challenge of making a reasonable connection between ethics and religion. A dialogue between Socrates and Meno probes the subject of ethics.

Can goodness be taught? If it can, then we should be able to find teachers capable of instructing others about what is good and bad, right and wrong, or just and unjust.

Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered freater Callicles’ house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

Greater Hippias

Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

The Republic poses gippias that endure: What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing? Aristotle’s Poetics yippias best known for its definitions and analyses of tragedy and comedy, but it also applies to truth and beauty as they are manifested in the other arts.

In our age, when the natural and social sciences have dominated the quest for truth, it is helpful to consider why Aristotle claimed poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history.

Like so many other works by Aristotle, the Poetics has dominated the way we have thought about all forms of dramatic performance in Europe and America ever since.

These five very different Socratic Dialogues date from Plato’s later period, when he was revisiting his early thoughts and conclusions and showing a willingness for revision. In Timaeus mainly a monologue read by David Timson in the title rolePlato considers cosmology in terms of the nature and structure of the universe, the ever-changing physical world and the unchanging eternal world.

And he proposes a demiurge as a benevolent creator God. The remarkable range of Plato’s Dialogues is vividly demonstrated by these three works. It opens with Phaedrus, a highly personal discussion between Socrates David Rintoul and the young, love-struck Phaedrus Gunnar Cauthery.

They go for a walk outside the walls of Athens and, under a plane tree by the banks of the Ilissus, talk about love – erotic and ‘Platonic’ love.

Socrates endeavours to steer Phaedrus away from infatuation and show him that real love is based on concern for the beloved. Here are three important but very different Dialogues from the Middle Period. Symposiumthe most well-known in this collection, is concerned with the theme of love. In the house of Agathon, a group of friends – each very different in personality and background – meet to consider and discuss various kinds of love.


Each one, Phaedrus, Pausanias, Eryximachus, Aristophanes the playwright and Agathon a prize-winning tragic poetpresents his particular view in a short discourse. Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be – living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods.

Plato’s Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato’s Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias a leading sophist teacherand with one of his pupils, Callicles.

The Dialogue is set in Crete, and the three men embark on a pilgrimage from Hippiws to the cave of Dicte, where, legend reports, Zeus was born. Hippias of Elis travels throughout the Greek world practicing and teaching the art of making beautiful speeches. On a rare visit to Athens, he meets Socrates, who questions him about the nature of his art. Socrates is especially curious about how Hippias would define beauty.

They agree that beauty makes all beautiful things beautiful, but when Socrates presses him to say precisely what he means, Hippias is unable to deliver greaetr a definition. The more Socrates probes, the more absurd the responses from Hippias become. This is one of Plato’s best comedies and one of his finest efforts at posing the philosophical problem of the difference between particular things and universal qualities.

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