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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,561) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382236979791 Plato: Phaedrus and The Seventh and Eighth Letters, Translated with Introductions by Walter Hamilton. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 160 pages. Publisher: Penguin Book; (1973).In the "Phaedrus" Plato (427-347 B.C.) is concerned with establishing the principles of rhetoric. Through the mouths of Socrates and Phaedrus he argues that rhetoric is only acceptable as an art when it is firmly based on the truth inspired by love, the common experience of true philosophic activity. It is in this dialogue that Plato employs the famous image of love as the driver of the chariot of souls. The seventh and eight letters (which are accepted as genuine amongst those attributed to Plato) provide fascinating glimpses into the contemporary power struggle in Sicily and evidence his failure to put into practice his theory of philosopher-king. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Lightly read oversized softcover. Penguin Classics (1973) 160 pages. There's no "reading crease" to the spine, but I'd guess that it's been read once with a very light hand. Pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, and remained well bound. Covers show only very mild edge and corner shelfwear, no tears, no folds, no creases. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1677a PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Plato (429-347 B.C.) stands with Socrates and Aristotle as one of the shapers of the whole intellectual tradition of the West. He came from a family that had long played a part in Athenian politics, and it would have been natural for him to follow the same course. He declined to do so however, disgusted by the violence and corruption of Athenian political life, and sickened especially by the execution in 399 B.C. of his friend and teacher, Socrates. Inspired by Socrates' inquiries into the nature of ethical standards, Plato sought a cure for the ills of society not in politics but in philosophy, and arrived at his fundamental and lasting conviction that those ills would never cease until philosophers became rulers or rulers philosophers. At an uncertain date in the early fourth century B.C. he founded in Athens the Academy, the first permanent institution devoted to philosophical research and teaching, and the prototype of all western universities. He traveled extensively, notably to Sicily as political advisor to Dionysius II, ruler of Syracuse. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Set in the idyllic countryside outside Athens, the Phaedrus is a dialogue between the philosopher Socrates and his friend Phaedrus, inspired by their reading of a clumsy speech by the writer Lysias on the nature of love. Their conversation develops into a wide-ranging discussion on such subjects as the pursuit of beauty, the immortality of the soul and the attainment of truth, and ends with an in-depth consideration of the principles of rhetoric. Probably a work of Plato's maturity, the Phaedrus represents a high point in his achievement as a writer. This volume also contains two of his letters, which discuss his involvement in politics, in particular his role as adviser to Dionysius II of Syracuse, and are crucial documents for our understanding of Plato's life and career. REVIEW: "Phaedrus" discusses the psychology of love, resulting in the concept of the familiar Platonic "forms" as objects of transcendental emotion. One of Plato's most profound and beautiful works, "Phaedrus" takes the form of a dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus, an amateur rhetorical enthusiast, on the topic of passionate or romantic love. Concerned with establishing principles of rhetoric, it argues that rhetoric is only acceptable as an art when it is firmly based on the truth inspired by love, the common experience of true philosophic activity. It is in this dialogue that Plato employs the famous image of love as the driver of the chariot of souls. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: The inclusion of "The Seventh Letter" and "The Eighth Letter," purportedly ascribed to Plato, in this edition of the *Phaedrus* deserves a comment or two. The translation and introductions in this edition by Penguin Classics are by Walter Hamilton. The edition is copyrighted 1973, but the copy I have has a last reprinting date of 1988. The "Introduction" to the Letters states: "Plato's written works include, in addition to the dialogues, a collection of thirteen letters. They have formed part of the Platonic canon since the 1st century A.D. and possibly since the 3rd century B.C., and one in particular, the Seventh, which is as long as all the rest together, is a document of crucial importance for our knowledge of Plato's life. It opens with an account of his early development and of his reasons for abstaining from public affairs, and it records in detail the motives which led in later life to his famous and unsuccessful excursion into the practical politics of Sicily and his relations with Dionysius II of Syracuse. It may almost be said that without the Seventh Letter, Plato's personal history would be unknown. Plato's relation in the 7th Letter is: "When I was a young man I expected, like many others to embark, as soon as I was my own master, on a political career." But a revolution occurs in Athens...and the rule of the 30 is established. "Naturally enough, in view of my youth, I expected that this government would bring about a change from corrupt to upright administration, and I watched with the keenest interest to see what they would do. I found that it had taken these men no time at all to make the previous government look like an age of gold. So when I saw this and the kind of men who were active in politics and the principles on which things were managed, I concluded that it was difficult to take part in public life and retain one's integrity, and this feeling became stronger the more I observed and the older I became. The "Phaedrus" on the other hand, deals with the nature of love, the soul and the realm of reality and truth beyond this world of the senses and shadows and illusions. The love spoken of is spoken of in context with the Athenian mores of the time, it is the love between two men. Hamilton's edition is excellent in many ways. He divides the text at important places and inserts titles and analyses which alert the reader to the topics which are going to be discussed in the next section, and his footnotes are excellent and enlightening as well. Hamilton's translation of the dialogue is good, and has the excellent inserts in the text which explain what is being discussed and the flow and pattern of the argument. 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