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Once again available in paperback, Plato is the first half of Eric Voegelin's Plato and Aristotle, the third volume of his five-volume Order and History, which has been hailed throughout the Western world as a monumental accomplishment of modern scholarship.
Plato's 'Republic' is widely acknowledged as the cornerstone of Western philosophy, written around 380 BC. Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, it is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation other questions are raised—what is goodness? What is reality? What is knowledge? The dramatic date of the dialogue has been much debated and though it might have taken place sometime during the Peloponnesian War. It is Plato's best-known work and has proven to be one of the most intellectually and historically influential works of philosophy and political theory. In it, Socrates along with various Athenians and foreigners discuss the meaning of justice and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man by considering a series of different cities coming into existence 'in speech', culminating in a city called Kallipolis, which is ruled by philosopher-kings; and by examining the nature of existing regimes. The participants also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the roles of the philosopher and of poetry in society. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
"Julia Annas provides an incisive exploration of the many-sided and elusive genius whose wide-ranging, bold, and influential ideas continue to challenge, provoke, and inspire us today"--Page 4 of cover.
One of the greatest thinkers of the ancient world is thoroughly examined in this resource. Readers will be introduced to the concepts and tenets of Plato?s philosophy, his methods of examining and teaching, and his influence on modern philosophy and political thought, including the influence of his philosophies on political systems such as communism. This book also explores Plato?s life and upbringing as a member of the aristocracy and his later life as a teacher who had to flee to escape slavery and death for his beliefs.
The Greek philosopher Plato was born in Athens in 428 B.C. He created dramatic dialogues, probably intended for oral performance, but seldom presented in that format until Agora Publications launched this series of dramatizations in 1994. The Republic explores most of the fundamental questions of philosophy, beginning with a search for how to define justice, moving to a quest for a model of the best possible human community, and concluding with reflections on the immortality of the soul.
Presents the most important of the Socratic dialogues as if it were a conversation; deals with the creation of an ideal commonwealth and ranks as one of the earliest Utopian works.
Plato (428 B.C.-347 B.C.) Was One Of Greatest Philosophers In The Western Philosophical Tradition. He Was The Pupil Of Socrates, Teacher Of Aristotle And Founder Of The 'Academy'. Central To His Teachings Is The Notion Of Forms, Which Are Located Outside The Everyday World, Timeless, Motionless And Absolutely Real. Plato'S Philosophy Rejects Scientific Rationalism In Favour Of Arguments. According To Him, Mind, Not Matter, Is Fundamental And Material Objects Are Merely Imperfect Copies Of Abstract And Eternal 'Ideas'.The Majority Of His Works Are In Dialogue Form On Topics Like Metaphysics, Ethics & Politics. The Principal Speaker In These Works In Socrates.The Republic, One Of Most Famous Dialogues Deals With Justice, Ideal Type Of State Jurisprudence & The Concept Of 'Good'.The Present Book Is An Excellent Companion To Plato'S Life & Philosophy. Plato'S Views On State, Justice, Communism, Education, Democracy And Foreign Relations Etc. Are Discussed And Analysed In Detail. It Includes Comparison Between The Republic And The Laws And Plato'S Contribution To The History Of Political Thought. In The End Of The Book Original Text Of Republic Of Plato And The Original Text Of Plato In The Academy Forms And Numbers By A.E. Taylor Have Been Given. A Topic On Socrates And A Chronological Table Depicting The Important Events That Took Place During The Lifetime Of Plato Have Also Been Included In The Book.
All the writings of Plato generally considered to be authentic are here presented in the only complete one-volume Plato available in English. The editors set out to choose the contents of this collected edition from the work of the best British and American translators of the last 100 years, ranging from Jowett (1871) to scholars of the present day. The volume contains prefatory notes to each dialogue, by Edith Hamilton; an introductory essay on Plato's philosophy and writings, by Huntington Cairns; and a comprehensive index which seeks, by means of cross references, to assist the reader with the philosophical vocabulary of the different translators.