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Philebus
Plato

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PHILEBUS 

by 

Plato 

Translated by Benjamin Jowett 

INTRODUCTION AND ANALYSIS. 

The Philebus appears to be one of the later writings of Plato, in which the
style has begun to alter, and the dramatic and poetical element has become
subordinate to the speculative and philosophical.  In the development of
abstract thought great advances have been made on the Protagoras or the
Phaedrus, and even on the Republic.  But there is a corresponding
diminution of artistic skill, a want of character in the persons, a
laboured march in the dialogue, and a degree of confusion and
incompleteness in the general design.  As in the speeches of Thucydides,
the multiplication of ideas seems to interfere with the power of

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