Plato by Plato

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Plato : Parmenides, written by legendary author Plato is widely considered to be one of the greatest classic and historical texts of all time. This great classic will surely attract a whole new generation of readers. For many, Plato : Parmenides is required reading for various courses and curriculums. And for others who simply enjoy reading timeless pieces of classic literature, this gem by Plato is highly recommended. Published by Classic Books International and beautifully produced, Plato : Parmenides would make an ideal gift and it should be a part of everyone's personal library.

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Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.
Published January 1, 1996 by Focus. 96 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The New York Review of Books

He writes as if Thinkingness undertakes thought to organize the exemplification of itself and other Forms, but ordinarily he denies (brushing aside rather considerable evidence to the contrary) that Plato was ever tempted to regard his Forms as “self-predicative.” (Examples of self-predication w...

Sep 27 1979 | Read Full Review of Plato : Parmenides

The New York Review of Books

21], Professor Lewontin refers to Book V of The Republic as “the earliest discussion…in which intellectuals explain to one another why affirmative action just doesn’t work.” His evidence is a fragment of Book V in which Socrates, in a dialectical quest with Glaucon of the true place of women in t...

Oct 25 1984 | Read Full Review of Plato : Parmenides

The New York Review of Books

Ryle, in his unphilosophic, nay, dogmatic, self-satisfaction, supposes he does Plato a favor by torturing Plato into thinking like Ryle.

Apr 09 1970 | Read Full Review of Plato : Parmenides

The New York Review of Books

Socrates is an indirect model: “Socrates,” Nehamas writes, “also taught Montaigne that there is little to learn from him, even though one can learn a lot through him.” Thus Montaigne “uses the ironic Socrates ironically,” and in spite of his constant self-revelation remains as opaque to us as Soc...

May 06 1999 | Read Full Review of Plato : Parmenides

The New York Review of Books

But as the former Chair of the Standing Committee on Women at Harvard, a position whose nebulous charge of “defending the dignity and equality of women” at all levels of the university made it a kind of grievance center, I am acquainted with numerous complaints of injustice to women arising from ...

Jan 31 1985 | Read Full Review of Plato : Parmenides

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The Republic of Plato.

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ForeWord Reviews

With such a fresh approach, Tucker creates an ancient-to-modern translation kit that will be valued by anyone who’s interested in diving into Plato’s provocative dialogues.

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