Plato's Dialogues comprise the most influential body of philosophy of the Western world. Written in the form of debates, the Dialogues are filled with philosophy's continual search for truth and the moving drama of intellectual conflict. The Republic, a brilliant discussion of the ideal state, presents Plato's basic views of education, justice, and the philosopher-king, the wise and just prototype of a ruler who could cure the world's ills. In the dialogues Apology, Crito, and Phaedo, the imposing figure of Socrates, Plato's beloved mentor, emerges as Socrates discusses respect for law and authority, human virtue, and the immortality of the soul. The additional dialogues (Ion, Meno, and Symposium) contain thinking on such ageless subjects as art, virtue, and the nature of love and beauty.
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The Apology (The Defense of Socrates)
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