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Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate Collection

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Socrates books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

The Last Days of Socrates (Penguin Classics) (2003)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe trial and death of Socrates (469-399 BCE) have almost as central a place in Western consciousness as the trial and death of Jesus. In four superb dialogues, Plato provides the classic account. Euthyphro finds Socrates outside the court-house, debating the nature of piety, while the Apology is his robust rebuttal of the charges of impiety and a defence of the philosopher’s life.
Author(s): Plato , Harold Tarrant, et al.

The Trial and Death of Socrates (2000)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe third edition of The Trial and Death of Socrates presents G. M. A. Grube’s distinguished translations, as revised by John Cooper for Plato, Complete Works. A number of new or expanded footnotes are also included along with a Select Bibliography.
Author(s): Plato , John M. Cooper, et al.

Conversations of Socrates (Penguin Classics) (1990)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate CollectionAfter the execution of Socrates in 399 BC, a number of his followers wrote dialogues featuring him as the protagonist and, in so doing, transformed the great philosopher into a legendary figure.
Author(s): Xenophon , Robin H. Waterfield, et al.

Socrates.: The Little Black Book (Little Black Books) (2015)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate Collection“Socrates. The Little Black Book,” contains 142 quotes from Socrates. It’s a peek into the mind of genius, so prepare for the possibility of surprise. In the days of old, the little black book was a means to get you things you wanted; it was your secret to certain forms of taboo success. In modern society, we know that knowledge and wisdom will get you farther in life than the phone numbers of secret lovers.
Author(s): S. C. Hollister

The Trials of Socrates: Six Classic Texts (2002)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate CollectionLampooned in 406 B.C.E. in a blistering Aristophanic satire, Socrates was tried in 399 B.C.E. on a charge of corrupting the youth, convicted by a jury of about five hundred of his peers, and condemned to death. Glimpsed today through the extant writings of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries, he remains for us as compelling, enigmatic, and elusive a figure as Jesus or Buddha.
Author(s): Plato, Aristophanes , et al.

Think Like Socrates: Using Questions to Invite Wonder and Empathy Into the Classroom, Grades 4-12 (Corwin Teaching Essentials) (2018)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate Collection"One of the best Professional Development books of all time" – BookAuthoritySocrates believed in the power of questions rather than lecturing his students. But how did we get so far away from his method of inquiry? Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, will show you how teachers can create an engaging atmosphere that encourages student questions and honors their experiences.
Author(s): Shanna Peeples

Think with Socrates: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (2014)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate CollectionBrief yet comprehensive, Think with Socrates: An Introduction to Critical Thinking uses the methods, ideas, and life of Socrates as a model for critical thinking. It offers a more philosophical, historical, and accessible introduction than longer textbooks while still addressing all of the key topics in logic and argumentation.
Author(s): Paul Herrick

Socrates: A Man for Our Times (2012)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate Collection  In his highly acclaimed style, historian Paul Johnson masterfully disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a riveting account of Socrates, who is often hailed as the most important thinker of all time.
Author(s): Paul Johnson

Four Texts on Socrates: Plato’s “Euthyphro,” “Apology of Socrates,” “Crito,” and Aristophanes’ “Clouds” (1998)

 Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate CollectionWidely adopted for classroom use, this book offers translations of four major works of ancient Greek literature which treat the life and thought of Socrates, focusing particularly on his trial and defense (three dialogues by Plato: Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, and Crito) and on the charges against Socrates (Aristophanes’ comedy Clouds).This is the only collection of the three Platonic dialogues that also includes Clouds, a work that is fundamental for understanding the Author(s): Plato, Aristophanes , et al.

Best Socrates Books: The Ultimate Collection

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How Socrates Became Socrates: A Study of Plato?s ?Phaedo,? ?Parmenides,? and ?Symposium?

Author(s): Laurence Lampert
ID: 2952373, Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Couch City: Socrates against Simonides

Author(s): Harry Berger Jr., Ward Risvold, J. Benjamin Fuqua
ID: 2980639, Publisher: Fordham University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Between Socrates and the Many: A Study of Plato's Crito

Author(s): J. Michael Hoffpauir
ID: 2486149, Publisher: Lexington Books, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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