Plato Andrew Mason

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Plato  by  Andrew Mason

Plato by Andrew Mason
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Plato (c.428-347 BCE) stands at the beginning of many debates that have continued throughout the history of philosophy. His literary career spanned fifty years and the influence of his ideas and those of his followers pervaded philosophy throughoutMorePlato (c.428-347 BCE) stands at the beginning of many debates that have continued throughout the history of philosophy.

His literary career spanned fifty years and the influence of his ideas and those of his followers pervaded philosophy throughout antiquity. Andrew Masons lucid and engaging introduction, draws on recent scholarship to offer a fresh general survey of Platos philosophy. Aware of the methodological challenges that confront any writer on Plato, Mason handles the issue of Platos intellectual development and relationship with Socrates with an assured grasp.

Thematically structured, the book begins with Platos principal contribution to metaphysics, the Theory of Forms, which forms a necessary background to his thought in many areas. His theory of knowledge, which is intimately linked with the Forms is explored in detail along with Platos views of the soul, an important theme in itself and an entry point to discussion of his ethics, one of Platos major concerns.

Finally, the book deals with two areas of Platos thought which have had an especially important historical impact, not confined to academic philosophy: his theory of God and nature, and his aesthetics. Throughout, Mason highlights the continuing themes in Platos work and how they develop from one dialogue to another.



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