1st Edition

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Plato and the Trial of Socrates

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    Socrates is one of the most influential philosophers in western civilisation, and Plato his most famous pupil. The Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, Crito and the death scene from the Phaedo are Plato's account of Socrates' trial and execution, and together they provide the most important depiction of Socrates' ideas.

    In this GuideBook, Brickhouse and Smith provide clear explanations of these texts for students coming to them for the first time. Situating the works in their historical context, the authors carefully go through each text, exploring the philosophical issues raised in an accessible way.

    Plato and the Trial of Socrates is the ideal introduction to both the ideas of Socrates and the work of Plato.

    Texts and Translations, Acknowledgments, List of Abbreviations, Introduction, 1 The Euthyphro, 2 The Apology of Socrates, 3 The Crito, 4 The death scene from the Phaedo, Bibliography, Index of Passages, General Index


    Thomas Brickhouse is professor of Philosophy at Lynchburg College, USA. He is author of Socrates on Trial (OUP), Plato's Socrates (OUP) and Socrates the Philosopher (Westview).

    Nicholas Smith is professor of Philosophy at Lewis and Clark College, USA. He is author of many books on Plato and editor of Plato's Socrates with Thomas Brickhouse.

    Brickhouse and Smith write as clearly and directly as possible…the authors’ discussion of the historical and dramatic context for each dialogue is masterful’. George Rudebusch, Mind