Plato: A Very Short Introduction
by Julia Annas
Editor: Oxford University Press
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This animated and accessible introduction to Plato emphasises philosophy and the argumentation of his writings, drawing the reader into Plato’s way of doing philosophy, and the major themes of his thinkingThis is not a book leaves the reader, standing in the outer court of introduction and background information, but which leads directly into Plato’s argumentHe resembles Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather than a philosopher with a complete set of systemsIt includes a brief account of Plato, life and the various interpretations that have been drawn from it from the rare remains of informationHe stressed the importance of the foundation of the Academy and of the conception of philosophy as an objectJulia Annas explains that Plato, in the style of writing: from his use of dialogue form, his use of what we now call fiction, and his philosophy of myth transformationShe also examines discussions of love and philosophy, her attitude towards women, and for homosexual love, explores Plato’s claim that virtue is sufficient for happiness, and discusses his arguments for the immortality of the soul and his ideas about the nature of the universe.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations in the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every fieldThese paperback books are the ideal way to get in advance into a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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