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5.0 out of 5 stars intro
brilliant short well written exposition of fhe works and ideas of plato also an indication of the works of his contemporaries
Published 19 months ago by Dr. D. M. Jenkins

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1.0 out of 5 stars Obscuring Plato
This is hardly an introduction. It is one of the mostt obscure books I have come across where the sentences in english make no sense. one needs an english dictionary to understand many archaic words- parturition? indigent? etc. The text is 103 pages of ramble without a break. It is either an antiquated 18th century text or a bad translation from a german academic paper...
Published on 6 Jan 2011 by Palinurus


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1.0 out of 5 stars Obscuring Plato, 6 Jan 2011
This is hardly an introduction. It is one of the mostt obscure books I have come across where the sentences in english make no sense. one needs an english dictionary to understand many archaic words- parturition? indigent? etc. The text is 103 pages of ramble without a break. It is either an antiquated 18th century text or a bad translation from a german academic paper. I have studied philosophy and this is the first book I have abandoned in frustration. Go elsewhere if you want to try and understad Plato.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful., 6 Feb 2012
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What the author of this book has done is to take something that is already quite wordy and complicated, and make it more so.

I did English at degree level and I was lost within the first few paragraphs.

Why make it so unnecessarily complicated and wordy? Surely the point is to clarify and explan and annotate, rather than to swathe it in extra layers of confusion and eight-line sentences are not easy to read.

It's free, but don't bother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars intro, 7 Jan 2013
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Dr. D. M. Jenkins (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Introduction to the Philosophy and Writings of Plato (Kindle Edition)
brilliant short well written exposition of fhe works and ideas of plato also an indication of the works of his contemporaries
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I hoped, 3 Dec 2012
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In just wanting an introduction to these ideas I found this book hard to follow. Finding out that the book may have errors also affected my perception of the book. Personally I found the flow really tedious . It was not a good introduction to Plato and philosophy for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A NeoPlatonic Semi-Pagan Interpretation of Plato, 7 Feb 2012
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Mrs. C. S. Yeldham "carolinehist" (Herts, England) - See all my reviews
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The previous reviewers are not understanding Taylor's work in its true context. It is best seen as Neo-Platonic Occultism.

Certainly, if you were expecting a text-book style elucidation and synopsis of Plato's key thoughts and central tenets of his philosophy, then you would be severely disappointed and find this end-of-the-C18th text both trying and difficult. Really, this is a book in which the interest lies in reading the commentator himself rather than what is commentated upon.

Taylor, was a NeoPlatonist of a peculiar slant even for an C18th antiquary - he had a pagan temple built in his garden and a coloured reputation accruing from his beliefs and lifestyle. Even at the time his adequacy as a Greek scholar was heavily criticised. In reality, Taylor is seeking to derive a spiritual direction from Plato's writing that the original does not quite support (in this, however, he was only performing a slightly more extreme version of what many orthodox Christians had done in seeking precursors for their religious positions in the classical Greek authorities).

It is not for nothing that when Crowley was recommending books on, or translated from, Plato, he would point to Taylor's translations. Taylor presents Plato as having views on metaphysics, love, knowledge and ethics that mesh very nicely with the viewpoints and strategies of Crowley's occult organisations. The structure of a human being, his relation to the world, and the relation of both to what might be considered divine or spiritual, are all ideal for an aspiring occultist of a specific turn of mind.

Read this as a piece of Neoplatonic Occultism rather than straight philsophy and the only real problem you have to deal with is the archaic semi-academic style.

Kevin Yeldham
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5.0 out of 5 stars Might as well have been written in greek, 5 Sep 2011
This is a badly translated, unreadable and unstructured book. As an Introduction, it serves no purpose to allow the reader to enjoy or understand the works of Plato and instantly creates an impression of philosphoical superiority that mere mortals are not worthy of understanding. Knowledge is power, and power is expensive, which is why this book retails at 0.00
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