What Books Did Plato Write?


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Plato was a Classical Greek philosopher who is believed to have written thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters. He was a student of Socrates and a mentor to Aristotle, and together they built the foundations of Western philosophy.

Plato's work has been used to teach rhetoric, logic, ethics and mathematics, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest philosophers to have lived.

Plato and Socrates

Almost everything we know about Socrates comes from the work of Plato - after Socrates was killed, Plato wrote down the conversations they'd had. In Phaedo, Plato describes the circumstances of Socrates' death.

Recurring Themes in the Philosophy of Plato

  • The importance of the father-son relationship, and how it affects the way the child turns out
  • The idea of knowledge as recollection rather than learning and studying
  • Divine madness - poetry, dreaming, drunkenness and eroticism
  • Discussions of art, politics, love, justice, religion, sexuality, vices and virtues, and crime and punishment

The Works of Plato

  • Charmides
  • Lysis
  • Laches
  • Protagoras
  • Euthydemus
  • Cratylus
  • Phaedrus
  • Ion
  • Symposium
  • Meno
  • Euthyphro
  • Apology
  • Crito
  • Phaedo
  • Gorgias
  • The Republic
  • Timaeus
  • Critias
  • Parmenides
  • Theaetetus
  • Sophist
  • Statesman
  • Philebus
  • Laws
  • The Seventh Letter

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