The Man and His Work

Book - 2001
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One of the greatest thinkers of the ancient world, Plato instigated groundbreaking inquiries into morality, ethics, and the quest for happiness that continue to inform and influence philosophical discussion today. In this outstanding work of scholarship, a renowned expert on Plato presents a scrupulously accurate historical view of the great philosopher's life and works. Distinguished by its dispassionate scholarly analysis, Professor Taylor's discourse is refreshingly free of the biases that have frequently tainted other studies.
A brief introductory chapter acquaints readers with the known events of Plato's life. The author then proceeds to an illuminating examination of the philosopher's voluminous writings, including the minor Socratic dialogues, as well as such major works as Phaedo, Symposium, Protagoras, Republic, Phaedrus, Timaeus, Laws, and other influential dialogues. The final chapter, "Plato in the Academy," attempts to pin down — with the help of some of Plato's former students, such as Aristotle — the philosopher's beliefs about numbers. In a substantial appendix, "The Platonic Apocrypha," Professor Taylor examines writings that have sometimes been attributed to Plato, including several letters, and offers cogent reasons for accepting or rejecting them as Plato's work.
Praised by Dean William R. Inge of Theology as "a great book, an honour to … British scholarship," this volume is an invaluable guide for students, teachers, and other readers interested in philosophy.

Outstanding work by a renowned scholar presents the thought of the great Greek philosopher with historical accuracy and objective analysis through an in-depth examination of his voluminous writings, particularly the dialogues.

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Taylor's history of the philosopher's life and works (first published in 1926) was intended to describe, simply, what Plato said about the problems of thought and life and how he said it, without getting into "what some contemporary thinks Plato should have said." In addition to an analysis of the dialogues, he provides an introduction outlining what's known about the events of Plato's life, placing his writings into their historic context. An appendix explores writings (including several letters) that have been attributed to the philosopher, with reasons for accepting or rejecting them as Plato's work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover, 2001
ISBN: 9780486416052
Characteristics: xii, 562 p. ; 22 cm


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