Philosophy is the Greatest Kind of Music
Socrates speaks of virtue in all the Platonic Dialogues, in various forms, like Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The pattern is the same, but one never get tired of listening to them. So Socrates has a reputation of speaking the same thing all the time.
When one reads Plato, he begins to see a portrait of Virtue that he has never imagined before. The portrait is veiled and opaque, nevertheless it allows him to catch a glimpse of her beauty and arouses in him a desire to purse her. For this reason, Socrates playfully calls himself a pimp.
Plato’s epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy and theology are all logically connected parts of a whole — one might say that they all participate in the One. We cannot make full sense of each subject, unless we take into consideration all other aspects of his philosophy. If anyone rejects the Theory of Forms, which underlies Platonism, his critical analysis would necessarily be deficient, misleading, if not completely useless.
|Complete Works of Plato|
|IV||First Alcibiades||Second Alcibiades||Hipparchus||Lovers|
|VII||Hippias major||Hippias minor||Ion||Menexenus|
- Complete Works of Plato at Perseus
- Works of Plato at Adelaide
(download The Complete Plato)
- Works of Plato at demonax.info (including the apocryphal works)
- The Project Gutenberg Works of Plato (translated by Benjamin Jowett)