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The historical Socrates sought to bring philosophy down from the heavens to thrive in the streets of the agora — the market-place. Agora Publications offers dramatic performances of the dialogues of Plato and David Hume to help recapture this valuable Socratic tradition. We begin by revising the texts to make them more accessible to contemporary readers and listeners while leaving them unabridged and striving to be faithful to their original meaning. In this way we create the marketplace of ideas and continue the rich philosophical tradition in which careful and precise thinking blend with literary and poetic creation. Our unique contribution lies in enlisting professional actors and directors to perform these works as part of what we call the “Theater of the Mind.” Characters such as Socrates, Gorgias, Alcibiades, Diotima, Cleanthes, Demea, and Philo come alive and join in the perennial conversation about the most important questions. What should we teach young people about religion? What is the nature and role of love? How can the best human community be created? What are justice, goodness, truth, and beauty? Is the human soul immortal, or does it die along with the body? In our series “The World of the Mind,” we offer oral performances of other masterpieces, including ethical works by Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill’s reflections on liberty, and the Dao De Jing by Lao Zi.

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by Plato
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Plato was wrote in the dialogue form as a means of challenging his students to think deeply about fundamental questions. What is justice and how can it be manifested individuals and in human society?

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by Plato
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The dramatic nature of Plato's dialogues is delightfully evident in the Symposium. The marriage between character and thought bursts forth as the guests gather at Agathon's house and talk about love.

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by Plato
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Gorgias of Leontini, who teaches rhetoric, is in Athens, to instruct potential leaders in politics and business. A group has gathered at Callicles' house where Socrates questions him in his usual way.

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by Plato
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Socrates questions Ion, an actor, about his ability to interpret the poetry of Homer. In the Meno, the topic is whether goodness can be taught. Both dialogues provide more questions than answers.

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by Plato
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These four dialogues present the trial, the imprisonment, and the execution of Socrates who his friend Phaedo said was “the wisest, best, and most righteous person I have ever known.”

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by Joseph Norio Uemura
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Since Plato's day every generation has interpreted Plato's work differently. Joseph Uemura guides us through six dialogues that treat the most important human issues through a dialectical quest.

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by Plato
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Phaedrus treats the nature of love, mythical visions of human nature and destiny, and the essence of beauty. It ends with a penetrating discussion of speaking, writing, and the love of wisdom.

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by Aristotle
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Aristotle claimed “poetry is more philosophical and more significant than history.” In this postmodern era it is worthwhile to consider Aristotle’s way of connecting beauty, truth, and goodness.

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by Immanuel Kant
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Three works that present Kant’s ethical world view are included: What is Enlightenment? (1784), Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals Morals (1785), and Toward Lasting Peace (1795).

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by David Hume
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David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion had not yet been published when he died in 1776. Even though the manuscript was mostly written during the 1750s, it did not appear until 1779. The subject itself was too delicate and controversial. What should we teach young people about religion?

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