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How to Read Plato
     

How to Read Plato

by Richard Kraut
 

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Plato is the foundational thinker of European speculative thought. He was the first Western writer to undertake a comprehensive and rigorous study of the fundamental categories of reality and value, and few philosophers have escaped his influence or rivaled the depth of his works, many of which have remarkable dramatic power and literary beauty. His writings

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Plato is the foundational thinker of European speculative thought. He was the first Western writer to undertake a comprehensive and rigorous study of the fundamental categories of reality and value, and few philosophers have escaped his influence or rivaled the depth of his works, many of which have remarkable dramatic power and literary beauty. His writings range over ethics, politics, religion, art, the structure of the natural world, mathematics, the human mind, love, sex, and friendship. Richard Kraut explores the intellectual milieu that gave rise to Plato’s thinking and emphasizes the influence of Socrates, whose devotion to the examined life and death at the hands of Athenian democracy are memorialized in many of Plato’s writings. The full extent of his moral and political thought and its metaphysical underpinning are investigated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847080325
Publisher:
Granta UK
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
How to Read
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Kraut is the author of Aristotle on the Human Good, Socrates and the State, and What is Good and Why, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Plato.

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