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Posted July 24, 2013
The famous mathematician and philosopher Alfred Whitehead once s
The famous mathematician and philosopher Alfred Whitehead once said that western philosophy consisted largely of footnotes to Plato. Unfortunately, many of these footnotes are very difficult to understand for laypersons, such as myself. This is not the case for ‘Coffee with Plato’. Like many others, I was frequently shocked to read many of the ideas espoused in ‘The Republic’ having, for example, many questions about Plato’s apparent disdain for poets and democracy, his strong advocacy for theory of forms and the study of geometry, to list just a few topics that I’m sure others have wondered about. ‘Coffee with Plato’ addresses many of these controversial topics straight on, giving succinct and approachable explanations to these positions. It is written in a casual but clear style that makes it relatively easy to better understand where Plato may have been coming from in developing his ideas. The book as a whole is a relatively easy and short read (140 small size pages) with a clarity that could only have been produced by someone intimately familiar with this subject. I’d highly recommend ‘Coffee with Plato’ to anyone who has read the basic dialogues (e.g., The Republic, Euthyphro, Apology, Symposium, etc.). It’s a wonderful and painless way to help gain clarity with the many questions that thoughtful readers will have about these marvelous works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.