Early Socratic Dialogues, Paperback Book
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Rich in drama and humour, they include the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics.

Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers, forming an incisive overview of Plato's philosophy.


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Commentary in this Penguin edition is maddening. Constantly interrupting and pre-empting the dialogue while managing to bring relatively little to the table, it's the equivalent of watching a film with someone who's constantly gabbing on about 'oh! I love this bit - this is where they...' until you just want to smother them.