Plato for Beginners

ISBN-10: 1934389080
ISBN-13: 9781934389089
Edition: 2007
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Description: All philosophy is a footnote to Plato. No other person so shaped the Western world and the way we think about it. Plato's questions remain as real for us today as they were 2500 years ago, and as human beings, we can not avoid their presence nor  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 8/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484

All philosophy is a footnote to Plato. No other person so shaped the Western world and the way we think about it. Plato's questions remain as real for us today as they were 2500 years ago, and as human beings, we can not avoid their presence nor shirk our responsibility to attempt to answer them: What is Justice? What is Truth? What is Beauty? What kind of society should we build? How do we know what we know? "Plato For Beginners" introduces the reader to Socrates, Plato's mentor whose martyrdom led Plato to formulate a new system of knowledge based on reason. Socrates was found guilty and sentenced to death for introducing other divinities. He was also found guilty of corrupting youth. "Plato For Beginners" also covers the history of Greece as well as the life and ideas of this great philosopher and his influence over time, from early Christianity to the 20th century. The reader learns what he meant by "Truth", "Beauty", and "the Good". Classical dialogues such as "Symposium", "Phaedo", "The Apology" and "The Republic" are all explored in the context of his time and our own.

Robert Cavalier is editor of The Impact of the Internet on Our Moral Lives (SUNY, 2005) and author of Democracy for Beginners (For Beginners LLC, 2009). He is a member of Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy and, with Gregory Crowley, Co-Director of the Program for Deliberative Democracy, which won a 2008 Good Government Award from the Pittsburgh League of Women Voters.

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