Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues : The Great Courses: Ancient Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Michael Sugrue
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient Philosophy
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago - ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.
As you'll learn, the dialogues share some general characteristics - and they all breathe with the feeling, the tension, and even the humor of great theater. Even if you don't have time to reacquaint yourself directly with Platonic texts, you'll benefit enormously from these lectures' insights into the depths of reflection opened by Socrates and Plato - arguably the most important teacher-student pairing in history.
You'll become engrossed in "the romance of the intellect," as Professor Sugrue opens a path for you into the inner structure and action of these selected dialogues, for millennia the objects of devoted study by the noblest minds. These lectures offer no easy answers. What they give instead is much better: an introduction to Platonic "meta-education," the art not of what to think but of how to think. You'll see the stunning subtlety with which Plato weaves together the strengths of philosophy and poetry, dialectic and drama, word and action. And you'll catch a glimpse of the "serious playfulness" that Socrates says the search for the good, the true, and the beautiful can inspire in the human soul.


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Easily the best audiobook in my collection

Where does Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's the very best. My audio library contains many books on philosophy with some historical non-fiction and science fiction sprinkled in. The energy with which Sugrue approaches the subject is without measure. I return to this audio book time and time again. Sugrue penetrates each dialogue and dissects the characters Socrates confronts through Plato's words, and gives a deep and meaningful background on the Sophists and penetrating insight into how the Realm of the Forms runs into trouble. And he has a great time doing it!

Any additional comments?

For anyone wanting to learn more about Plato, the Forms, Socrates, the Sophists, or the political situation surrounding each during the early days of the City-States, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

How badly do you want to know the bases for our modern day beliefs-it was worth my time

Who was your favorite character and why?

Socrates...has some truly deep questions

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator is constantly dry mouthed and sipping water..after 10-14 hours it gets old.

Could you see Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I don't think today's producers could stick to the script....and today's people don't have the brain power to keep up with the mental work-out, so, no, sadly I don't think a series could be produced.

Any additional comments?

I have gained a bit more insight into old world thought, and that was what I was looking for just a bit disappointed by the narration and lack of original script that was used.

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- daniel hoffelder

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses