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Julia Annas writes really well. This work aims to ...
on 29 August 2017
Julia Annas writes really well. This work aims to get you to try understand what Plato is doing with his philosophical method rather than what Plato thinks about everything and anything. I came to the book specifically wanting to learn more about Plato's theory of forms, a difficult concept for a casual reader to grasp. Annas discusses the origin of the forms, how Plato contradicts himself when discussing them, how other writers have developed the idea, compares the idea to modern thinking on epistemology and metaphysics. She questions why we put such an elusive idea, that it's not clear Plato cares too much about at the centre of Platonic philosophy. Annas (like Plato himself) doesn't always give straight answers to empirical questions. Instead, I feel her aim was to equip the reader with tools one would need for reading and engaging with Plato, and indeed all ancient philosophy. For this reason, it is definitely worth reading.