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Phaedrus by Plato
By: (428/427 BC - 348/347 BC)

Phaedrus by Plato is a dialog between Socrates and Phaedrus that explores the nature of rhetoric and love. Socrates challenges Phaedrus to consider what makes a speech effective and ethical, ultimately critiquing the idea that using persuasive techniques can lead to truth. The dialog also delves into the concept of love, examining the different forms and motivations behind it.

Plato's writing style is engaging and thought-provoking, drawing readers into complex philosophical discussions with ease. The dialogues presented between Socrates and Phaedrus are both enlightening and entertaining, offering insights into ancient Greek culture and the philosophical debates of the time.

Overall, Phaedrus is a fascinating read that delves into timeless questions about the nature of truth, persuasion, and love. Plato's thought-provoking dialogues continue to resonate with readers, making this classic work a worthwhile read for anyone interested in philosophy or ancient literature.

Book Description:
“For there is no light of justice or temperance, or any of the higher ideas which are precious to souls, in the earthly copies of them: they are seen through a glass, dimly…”

Socrates and his earnest friend Phaedrus, enjoying the Athenian equivalent of a lunchtime stroll in the park, exchange views on love and on the power of words, spoken and written.

Phaedrus is the most enchanting of Plato’s Erotic dialogues (capitalised in honour of the god). The barefoot philosopher urges an eager young acquaintance – who has allowed his lover’s oratorical skills to impress him overmuch – to re-examine the text of Lysias’s speech in the light of his own exalted (and Platonic) vision of Love.

Not long ago this early example of literary dismantling was itself deconstructed by a contemporary sage - Jacques Derrida.

The present reader tries to present Socrates as he conceivably was: the chortling, pot-bellied ex-soldier, a flirtatious yet charismatic talker with a serious passion for Truth. (Introduction by Martin Geeson)

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