A succinct precis of the work of one of the world's greatest thinkers ... For the newcomer or undergraduate it's a great resource, being both a celebration of and an introduction to some of the most remarkable, beautiful, provocative, powerful and vital writings in Western literature. --The Good Web Guide
This book provides a tremendously useful service to anyone studying Plato, or to the more general reader who might otherwise struggle to make headway unaided ... [It is] an essential addition to the library of any serious student of Plato's philosophy - which, given his undiminished importance, should be every philosopher! --PhilosophyOnline
An invaluable, indispensible guide that avoids the usual one-sided approach to Plato ... even the ordering of the dialogues makes sense. I shall certainly be recommending it to my students. --Dr Alan Cardew, University of Essex
From the Back Cover
The safest characterisation of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
- Alfred North Whitehead
Plato thought that only philosophy can bring true understanding because it alone examines the presuppositions and assumptions that other subjects merely take for granted. He conceived of philosophy as a single discipline defined by a distinctive intellectual approach, and capable of carrying human thought far beyond the realms of common sense or everyday experience. The unrivalled scope and incisiveness of his writings as well as their enduring aesthetic and emotional appeal have captured the hearts and minds of generation after generation of readers. Unlike the thinkers who preceded him, Plato never spoke with his own voice. Instead, he presented readers with a variety of perspectives to engage with, leaving them free to reach their own, sometimes radically different, conclusions. `No one', he said, `ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.'
This book aims to provide the student and general reader with a comprehensive overview of Plato's thought. It includes an introduction to the life and times of Plato and a precis of each of his dialogues, amongst which the Apology, Laches, Gorgias, Symposium, Phaedrus, Phaedo, Meno, Timaeus, Theaetetus, Republic, and 18 others.
Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, and writer who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. His other books include 'The Meaning of Madness' and 'Master your Mind', both also with Acheron Press.