I'm interested particularly in Socrates' condemnation of written words and its propensity to create a false and superficial sense of intelligence which seems so prescient in light of how people use the internet to mine info to back up their beliefs.

I am hoping for a recommendation on a good book edition with guides to help me understand what I'm reading.

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    Do you mean that you need a good translation in english of the original ancient text?
    – BugShotGG
    Nov 29, 2013 at 21:39

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The Hackett English editions/translations of Plato are reliably good ones, and some of the best presented. Their edition of Phaedrus, translated by Nehemas and Woodruff, is no exception. It doesn't offer line-by-line commentary, but contains an introduction, outline, footnotes, and a couple essays at the end. I think you won't have trouble reading it with those aids.

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