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How to Read Plato by Richard Kraut
  

How to Read Plato

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How to Read Plato by Richard Kraut

'The unexamined life is not worth living'. 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. Kraut argues that Plato's theory of forms is grounded in common sense, and that his critique of democracy and search for a rational religion continue to be of vital importance.

About the Author

Richard Kraut is Morrison Professor of the Humanities at Northwestern University. He is the author of Socrates and the State, Aristotle on the Human Good, What is Good and Why, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Plato.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st August 2008

Author

Richard Kraut

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
104 pages

Categories

Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500

ISBN

9781847080325

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