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A lot of general info on the Dialogues (eg Wiki, other commentators) define three different periods (Early, Middle, Late) into which they shove sets of dialogues. It would certainly make sense, if it appealed to a reader, to go through them in this sort of order. Even so, the list I've come up with below could be used to highlight the most important dialogues within a period, and also to perhaps indicate (by absence or low rank) dialogues in the period which might be skipped.
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Just saw that I'd never rated this book. I've had it for decades, and read quite a few the the dialogues in it, including the Republic. Even though I've probably read well less than half its 1600 pages, I've no hesitation in rating it as I have.
This activity of mine came about when I decided that I needed a plan to reread some of these, and read for the first time others.
How to decide which ones to read, and in what order?
Here's what I spent an hour or so doing.
1) Put everything in the volume of Plato's collected works in a spreadsheet.
2) Googled each one of them, and noted the number of refs (in 1000s)
3) Went through the index of my Encyclopedia of Philosophy looking up each of them, and noting the number of refs
So 2) seems to me to be a general measure of the significance of each item spread across academia, social media, etc etc etc in the contemporary world ...
Whereas 3) is (hopefully) a measure of how significant each item is specifically in the field of philosophy.
4) Then combined these two ways of rating the items.
Before I present the results:
By 2), the most significant is Laws (surprised me), followed by Republic.
and the least significant: Lesser Hypias
By 3), the most significant is Republic, followed by Timaeus, then Theaetetus.
Least significant: many of the dialogues have no entry in the Encyclopedia's index.
Here's the list of dialogues in the (combined) order that I guess I'd like to approach them.
[Note. These two are by far the longest. Close to 600 pages combined. So starting of with some of the shorter dialogues could be worthwhile.]
6. Apology (Socrates' Defense)
[The last 8 are pretty much all in a heap at the bottom.]
Final bit of info.
The three whose "philosophical" rank were most higher than their Google rank?
And the three whose Google rank outshone their philosophy rank by the most:
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Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.
Plato is one of the most important Western philosophers, exerting influence on virtually every figure in philosophy after him. His dialogue The Republic is known as the first comprehensive work on political philosophy. Plato also contributed foundationally to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His student, Aristotle, is also an extremely influential philosopher and the tutor of Alexander the Great of Macedonia.
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