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Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Year 09/05/2016
Pages 352
Version paperback
Readership level College/higher education
ISBN 9780415379113
Categories Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500
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In this engaging introduction, Constance Meinwald shows how Plato has shaped the landscape of Western philosophy. She provides much-needed historical context, and helps readers grapple with Plato's distinctive use of highly crafted literary masterpieces for philosophical purposes. Meinwald examines some of Plato's most famous discussions of human questions, concerning eros, the capacities and immortality of our psyche, human excellence and the good life, and Plato's controversial ideas about culture, society, and political organization. She shows how Plato makes a sketch of his theory of Forms foundational in this work, and she offers illuminating readings of texts concerned with the development of the theory and its relationship to Greek science and mathematics. Throughout, Meinwald draws expertly on Plato's dialogues to present a lively and accessible picture of his philosophy. Including a chronology, glossary of terms, and suggestions for further reading, Plato is an ideal introduction to arguably the greatest of all Western philosophers, and is essential reading for students of ancient philosophy and classics.


Table of contents


Part 1

1. Life and Works

2. Philosophy, Drama, and Writing

3. Testing Authority: The Legacy of Socrates

Part 2

4. Platonic Love: Mysteries of Eros in the Symposium

5. Psyche I: From Pre-Platonic Sources to the Phaedo

6. Psyche II: The Divided Soul in the Republic

7. The Good Life: Ethics and Political Theory in the Republic

Part 3

8. Why Sensibles Are Not Fully Real

9. Forms I: Are Forms Perfect Instances?

10. Forms II: The Continuing Program

Appendix: The "Transcendence" and "Separation" of Forms.




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