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    • The Socratic Dialogues Early Period, Volume 2

    • Gorgias, Protagoras, Meno, Euthydemus, Lesser Hippias, Greater Hippias
    • Written by: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here, in this second collection of Socratic Dialogues from Plato's Early Period, read by David Rintoul as Socrates with a full cast, are contrasting six works. Often, as with Gorgias, which opens the recording, Socrates combats the popular subjects of sophistry and rhetoric, in direct conversation with Gorgias (a leading sophist teacher), and with one of his pupils, Callicles.

    Price: CDN$ 29.07

    • Plato's Republic

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Republic poses questions that endure: What is justice? What form of community fosters the best possible life for human beings? What is the nature and destiny of the soul? What form of education provides the best leaders for a good republic? What are the various forms of poetry and the other arts, and which ones should be fostered and which ones should be discouraged? How does knowing differ from believing?

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    • Acting is Great

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-12-04

    Price: CDN$ 31.27

    • The Republic

    • Translated with Notes, An Interpretive Essay, and a New Introduction by Raymond Larson
    • Written by: Plato, Raymond Larson (translator)
    • Narrated by: Don Hagen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This highly regarded volume features a modern translation of all ten books of The Republic. Translated by Raymond Larson. The Republic is an explosion of thought; a ten-book brainstorm of one of the greatest minds of all-time.

    Price: CDN$ 13.16

    • Plato's Laches

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 59 mins
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    Laches, a general in the Athenian army, saw Socrates fight bravely in the battle of Delium. When he and Nicias, another general, are asked to explain the idea of courage, they are at a loss, and words fail them. How does courage differ from thoughtless and reckless audacity? Can a lion be said to be courageous? What about small children who have little idea of the dangers they face? Should we call people courageous who do not know whether their bravery will produce good or bad consequences?

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    • The Republic

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: James Langton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
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    What is at stake is far from insignificant: it is how one should live one's life. Plato's The Republic is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an inquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: What is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge?

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    • The Laws

    • The Socratic Dialogues Late Period, Volume 2
    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy, Hayward Morse, Sam Dale
    • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
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    The Laws is the longest of Plato’s Dialogues and actually doesn’t feature Socrates at all - the principal figure taking the lead is the ‘Athenian Stranger’ who engages two older men in the discussion, Cleinias (from Crete) and Megillus (from Sparta). The Dialogue is set in Crete, and the three men embark on a pilgrimage from Knossus to the cave of Dicte, where, legend reports, Zeus was born. 

    Price: CDN$ 39.63

    • The Republic (AmazonClassics Edition)

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
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    In search of an ideal civilization, Socrates leads Glaucon, Polemarchus, Thrasymachus, and others in debates about various subjects, including justice, truth, class, and art. For without righteousness, tyranny and injustice give rise to oligarchy. The influential dialogues of The Republic helped shape all of Western literature and philosophical thought. It is as much a doctrine of ethics and politics now as it was for the ancient Greeks, and its dilemma remains: how to create a perfect society populated by very imperfect human beings.

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    • Plato's Republic

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ron Welch
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Plato's The Republic is regarded as one of the most significant works in the history of literature. In it, Plato seeks to define justice - what it means to society, to politics, to humankind. He then hopes to draw a conclusion against mass justice and individual justice. He first defines justice via social classes, but then migrates to the idea that personal justice mirrors that of the organized, or governmental, justice. 

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    • Plato's Symposium

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
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    The dramatic nature of Plato's dialogues is delightfully evident in Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon's house to celebrate the success of his first tragedy. With wit and insight, they all present their ideas about love - from Erixymachus' scientific naturalism to Aristophanes' comic fantasy. The unexpected arrival of Alcibiades breaks the spell cast by Diotima's ethereal climb up the staircase of love to beauty itself.

    Price: CDN$ 13.88

    • Plato's Apology

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr
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    Socrates is on trial for his life. He is charged with impiety and corrupting young people. He presents his own defense, explaining why he has devoted his life to challenging the most powerful and important people in the Greek world. The reason is that rich and famous politicians, priests, poets, and a host of others pretend to know what is good, true, holy, and beautiful, but when Socrates questions them, they are shown to be foolish rather than wise.

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    • knowledge and wisdom.

    • By hekmat on 2018-08-08

    Price: CDN$ 13.88

    • Plato's Phaedo

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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    Socrates is in prison, sentenced to die when the sun sets. In this final conversation, he asks what will become of him once he drinks the poison prescribed for his execution. Socrates and his friends examine several arguments designed to prove that the soul is immortal. This quest leads him to the broader topic of the nature of mind and its connection not only to human existence but also to the cosmos itself. What could be a better way to pass the time between now and the sunset?

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    • Plato's Phaedrus

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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    Phaedrus lures Socrates outside the walls of Athens, where he seldom goes, by promising to share a new work by his friend and mentor, Lysias, a famous writer of speeches. This dialogue provides a powerful example of the dialectical writing that Plato uses to manifest ideas that are essential to human existence and to living a good life. Phaedrus shows how oral and written forms of language relate to each other and to philosophy.

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    • Plato's Meno

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 48 mins
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    A dialogue between Socrates and Meno probes the subject of ethics. Can goodness be taught? If it can, then we should be able to find teachers capable of instructing others about what is good and bad, right and wrong, or just and unjust.

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    • Plato's Gorgias

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 3 hrs
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    Gorgias of Leontini, a famous teacher of rhetoric, has come to Athens to recruit students, promising to teach them how to become leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house to hear Gorgias demonstrate the power of his art. This dialogue blends comic and serious discussion of the best life, providing a penetrating examination of ethics.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • deeply intellectual and good performance

    • By hekmat on 2018-02-21

    Price: CDN$ 13.88

    • Plato's Ion

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 35 mins
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    Socrates questions Ion, an actor who just won a major prize, about his ability to interpret the epic poetry of Homer. How does an actor, a poet, or any other artist create? Is it by knowing? Is it by inspiration? As the dialogue proceeds, the nature of human creativity emerges as a mysterious process and an unsolved puzzle.

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    • Plato's Greater Hippias

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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    Hippias of Elis travels throughout the Greek world practicing and teaching the art of making beautiful speeches. On a rare visit to Athens, he meets Socrates, who questions him about the nature of his art. Socrates is especially curious about how Hippias would define beauty. They agree that beauty makes all beautiful things beautiful, but when Socrates presses him to say precisely what he means, Hippias is unable to deliver such a definition.

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    • Plato's Crito

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Ray Childs
    • Length: 29 mins
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    The Athenian court has found Socrates guilty and sentenced him to death. While he is waiting to be executed, his friend, Crito, comes to the prison to persuade him to escape and go into exile. Socrates responds by examining the essence of law and community, probing the various kinds of law and making distinctions that go far beyond the particular issue of whether or not Socrates should escape.

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    • The Socratic Dialogues: Middle Period, Volume 3

    • The Republic
    • Written by: Plato, Benjamin Jowlett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 12 hrs
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    The Republic is perhaps the single most important, the most studied and the most quoted text of all of Plato's Socratic Dialogues. Through the medium of Socrates, Plato outlines his view and ideas concerning the ideal working of the city-state. Socrates narrates a conversation that took place the previous day with Cephalus, Glaucon, Thrasymachus and others. The dialogue is organised into 10 books and covers a broad range of topics, including the ideal community and the ideal rulers of the community.

    Price: CDN$ 34.80

    • The Apology of Socrates

    • Written by: Plato
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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    "The Apology of Socrates" is one of the earliest existing documents of Greek philosophy - everything earlier was lost and is known only through quoted fragments in later works, like those of Plato himself. Rightly so, the Apology is still, all by itself, an excellent introduction to Western philosophy and traditionally the first complete text read in the formal study of Classical Greek. Although the meaning has changed through time, the Greek word apología simply and precisely meant a defense, or a defense speech.

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    • The Socratic Dialogues: Early Period, Volume 1

    • The Apology, Crito, Charmides, Laches, Lysis, Menexenus, Ion
    • Written by: Plato, Benjamin Jowett - translator
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul, full cast
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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    Here are the Socratic Dialogues presented as Plato designed them to be - living discussions between friends and protagonists, with the personality of Socrates himself coming alive as he deals with a host of subjects, from justice and inspiration to courage, poetry and the gods. Plato's Socratic Dialogues provide a bedrock for classical Western philosophy. For centuries they have been read, studied and discussed via the flat pages of books, but the ideal medium for them is the spoken word.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • surprisingly comprehensible

    • By Anonymous User on 2018-12-03

    Price: CDN$ 23.77

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