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Plato

ISBN-10: 019280216X
ISBN-13: 9780192802163
Edition: 2003
Authors: Julia Annas
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Description: This lively and accessible introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the reader into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. This is not a book to leave the reader standing  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

This lively and accessible introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the reader into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. This is not a book to leave the reader standing in the outer court of introduction and background information, but leads directly into Plato's argument. It looks at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather than a philosopher with a fullyworked-out system. It includes a brief account of Plato's life and the various interpretations that have been drawn from the sparse remains of information. It stresses the importance of the founding of the Academy and the conception of philosophy as a subject. Julia Annas discusses Plato's style ofwriting: his use of the dialogue form, his use of what we today call fiction, and his philosophical transformation of myths. She also looks at his discussions of love and philosophy, his attitude to women, and to homosexual love, explores Plato's claim that virtue is sufficient for happiness, and touches on his arguments for the immorality of the soul and his ideas about the nature of the universe.

List of illustrations
Arguing with Plato
Plato's name, and other matters
Drama, fiction, and the elusive author
Love, sex, gender, and philosophy
Virtue, in me and in my society
My soul and myself
The nature of things
References
Further reading
Index

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