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Around 428 BC, Plato was born into one of Athens’s most aristocratic families, and ultimately gathered around him some of the greatest minds of his age. Travel back to ancient Greece with Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Donald R. Moor and author Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) to meet this legendary thinker. In addition to expanding upon his famous allegory of the cave, Plato talks about learning through dialogue, the primacy of good and the price of wrong doing, democracy, freedom ...
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Around 428 BC, Plato was born into one of Athens’s most aristocratic families, and ultimately gathered around him some of the greatest minds of his age. Travel back to ancient Greece with Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Donald R. Moor and author Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) to meet this legendary thinker. In addition to expanding upon his famous allegory of the cave, Plato talks about learning through dialogue, the primacy of good and the price of wrong doing, democracy, freedom and censorship, women’s equality, love, and mathematics, and the search for truth.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781844835089
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Coffee with...Series
  • Pages: 144

Table of Contents


Foreword   Robert M. Pirsig     6
Introduction     10
Plato (428/427-348/347BC): His Life in Short     12
Now Let's Start Talking...
The Making of a Philosopher     28
Learning through Dialogue     37
The Primacy of the Good     45
The Price of Wrongdoing     51
Democracy and Philosopher-Kings     56
Freedom and Censorship     63
On Women's Equality     74
Platonic Love     80
Misadventure in Sicily     94
Brilliant Minds     100
Platonism-The Theory of Forms     107
Our Way Out of the Cave     116
Mathematics and the Search for Truth     122
Platonism Reconsidered?     133
Refill? Further Reading and Appreciation     141
Index     142
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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.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Good for picking up occasionally

    Refreshes your knowledge of Plato's basic ideas. Cover offers over- sensationalized tease about Platonic vs erotic love, which has little to do with content. Good reading for Dentist's waiting room. Fun in concept, shallow in execution.

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