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General Plato: Books
The Cambridge Companion to Plato by
Call Number: 184.1 Cambridge/Plato
Publication Date: 1992
This volume contains fourteen new essays discussing Plato's views about knowledge, reality, mathematics, politics, ethics, love, poetry, and religion. There are also analyses of the intellectual and social background of his thought, the development of his philosophy throughout his career, the range of alternative approaches to his work, and the stylometry of his writing.
Interpretations of Plato: A Swarthmore Symposium by
Call Number: 184.1 Interpretations
Publication Date: 1977-12-01
This collection of essays, diverse in character, records a symposium held at Swarthmore in November 1974 to celebrate Plato's alleged 2,400th birthday. The papers are "The Theory of Social Justice in the Polis in Plato's Republic" by Gregory Vlastos, "Plato on Law and Nature" by Martin Oswald, "Dialectic, Myth and History in the Philosophy of Plato" by John F. Callahan, and "Plato and Science" by Friedrich Solmsen. This collection also includes two indices, locorum and general.
The Living Socrates by
Call Number: 183.2 Wilson
Publication Date: 1975
A distinguished classical Greek scholar illuminates the personality, ideas, and pedagogical method of the Athenian philosopher in selections based upon Plato's Dialogues.
Call Number: 184 Williams
Publication Date: 1999-07-29
A brief introduction to Plato, placing him and his ideas into historical perspective, explaining in simple terms the basic concepts, and enriching the narrative through the effective use of biographical detail.
Call Number: 321.07 Hall
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
First published in 1981, this unique study discusses the evolution of Plato's thought through the actual developments in Athenian democracy, the book also demonstrates Plato's continuing responses to changes in political theory and argues for a new understanding of Plato's goals for the state and his ultimate concern for the moral well-being of the citizens.
Platonic Myth and Platonic Writing by
Call Number: 184.1 Zaslavsky
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
Addressing the thorny issue of precisely what is meant by mythos (myth) in the Platonic dialogues, Zaslavsky rejects the common notion that what makes a myth in Plato a myth (as opposed to a speech or logos) is its truth value.
Therapeia: Plato’s Conception of Philosophy by
Call Number: 184.1 Cushman
Publication Date: 1958
Cushman's superb study of Plato illuminates how a transcendentally open soul deals with the universal resolution of humanity's most basic spiritual disorder. In Therapeia, Cushman focuses on Plato's central theme: the soul's search for ultimate fulfillment and salvation from psychological, social, and political disorders.
What Plato Said by
Call Number: 184.1 Shorey
Publication Date: 1934
The text of this book is a resume of the entire body of the Platonic writings. The endeavor has been to omit no significant ideas and to give with every idea enough of the dramatic setting and the over-and undertones of feeling to forestall the misunderstandings to which abstract analyses and propagandist quotations of Plato are especially liable.
The Wisdom of Plato: An Attempt at an Outline by
Call Number: 184.1 Jordan v.1-2
Publication Date: 1981-01-01
Jordan organizes Plato's work to show that even thought Plato did not set out to create a coherent philosophy, he certainly did so as he worked out his ideas over time.
Ancient Philosophy by
Call Number: 180 Kenny
Publication Date: 2004-09-15
"Ancient Philosophy" spans over a thousand years and brings to life the great minds of the past, from Thales, Pythagoras, and Parmenides, to Socrates, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Augustine. The book's great virtue is that it is written by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject. Instead of an uncritical, straightforward recitation of known facts--Plato and his cave of shadows, Aristotle's ethics, Augustine's City of God--we see the major philosophers through the eyes of a man who has spent a lifetime contemplating their work. Thus we do not simply get an overview of Aristotle, for example, but a penetrating and insightful critique of his thought. Kenny offers an illuminating account of the various schools of thought, from the Pre-Socratics to the Epicureans. He examines the development of logic and reason, ancient ideas about physics ("how things happen"), metaphysics and ethics, and the earliest thinking about the soul and god.
The Consequences of Ideas by
Call Number: 190 Sproul
Publication Date: 1999-05-20
In this classic book, the late R. C. Sproul expertly surveys history’s most influential streams of thought, proving that ideas are not just passing fads―they have consequences for generations to come. For material specifically on Plato, see Chapter 2, "Plato: Realist and Idealist."
The Democratic Civilization by
Call Number: 321.8 L767d
Publication Date: 1964
In this study, Professor Leslie Lipson examines the growth and development of the concept of democracy as understood in the West from classical times to the present.
An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy by
Call Number: 180.9 Armstrong
Publication Date: 1989-12-27
A general history of philosophy, covering the period of time from early Greek philosophy to St. Augustine.
Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida: A Defense of Poetry by
Call Number: 809.1 E24L
Publication Date: 1995-06-15
This timely book focuses on theory's relations to literary art. It argues that the institutionalization of literary theory, particularly in American universities, has led to an intellectual sterility in which the actual power and scope of literature are overlooked. The book demands to be read by all teachers of literature and theory, and by anyone concerned with the future of literary studies.
Lucian, Plato, and Greek Morals by
Call Number: 888.7 C466L
Publication Date: 1931
An analysis of Lucian, contrasting him with Plato, particularly with regard to their moral outlook.
The New Republic: A Commentary of Book 1 of More’s Utopia Showing its Relation to Plato’s Republic by
Call Number: 321.07 Starnes
Publication Date: 1990
Not only Book II but the whole of Utopia "is...the Republic recast in a new mold applicable to the demands of contemporary Christianity as these were understood by More and his circle of reforming friends" (3). In fact, the author argues, in Book I of Utopia, More, by criticizing some of Plato's doctrines, shows which parts of the Republic are unacceptable and thus offers "an explicit basis for understanding the superiority of the Utopia" to Plato's ideal state and to those elements of contemporary society which represent aspects of Plato's ideal state.
Plato and Dionysius: A Double Biography by
Call Number: 184.1 Marcuse
Publication Date: 1947
A summary and analysis of the story of Plato and the tyrant Dionysius I, examining their relationship as it played out in Syracuse.
Plato and His Contemporaries by
Call Number: 184.1 F453p-3
Publication Date: 1969
This book helps understand Plato’s writings by describing the circumstances in which they were produced. The author begins with an account of Plato’s life and development and a brief analysis of some of the more difficult points arising from the criticism of Plato’s writings. The remainder of the work considers the total setting – political, literary and philosophical – in which Plato’s writings were produced. There are extensive appendices on the Platonic Epistles, Aristotle and the Theory of Ideas, and on the post-Aristotelian tradition. The result is both a lucid account of Plato himself and a comprehensive view of culture in fifth century Greece.
Plato Freud by
Call Number: 152.41 Santas
Publication Date: 1991-01-08
What is love? Why do we idealize those whom we love? How do we choose whom to love? Are some kinds of love better than others? Each age returns to these questions with renewed perplexity. Gerasimos Santas examinees the two greatest theoretical architectures of love, side by side. It provides a thorough critical description and comparison of these theories, allowing a sophisticated dialogue to emerge between the two thinkers. In the first half of the book Professor Santas reconstructs and explains Plato's theories of eros and philia: erotic love, familial love and friendship. He attempt to show that Plato's was a unified theory in which erotic love has a special connecion with creativity and beauty. He then discusses Freud's notion of love as distinct from, though based on, his general theory of sexuality. He discusses in detail Freud's explanations, before and after narcissism, of idealization and choice of beloved. Freud too, it emerges, had a unified theory of love: all love has its origins in the libidinal instincts of infancy and childhood. The book concludes by showing that, despite Freud's claim that his theory of love is 'Platonic', the two theories are instructively different.
Platonism and Its Influence by
Call Number: 930 O93d v.32
Publication Date: 1963
The writer's object in the following pages has deliberately been not so much to supply information as to provoke the desire for it. If any of his readers should be led by anything he has said to seek further knowledge of Plato and his influence on thought and literature, in the works mentioned in the appended Bibliography or in other places, the end will have been attained.
Plato’s Modern Enemies and the Theory of Natural Law by
Call Number: 184.1 Wild
Publication Date: 1968
This book is the first extended attempt to explain Plato's ethics of natural law, to place it accurately in the history of moral theory, and to defend it against the objections that it is totalitarian. Wild provides a clarification of Plato's ethical doctrine and a defense of that doctrine based not only of his analysis of the dialogues but on the belief that Plato must acknowledged as the founder of the Western tradition of the philosophy of natural law. The book begins with a presentation of the major objections raised against Plato by modern authors, Toynbee, Karl Popper and others, who have condemned the so called totalitarianism of Plato's thought. Wild answers these objections point by point and with a wealth of evidence taken from Plato's own arguments. He then presents a historical study of the ethics of natural law, defining the theory and showing through an examination of relevant dialogues that Plato held such a theory. The work concludes with a systematic study of his realistic ethics and its bearing on contemporary problems.
Theories of the Political System by
Call Number: 320.1 B658t
Publication Date: 1960
A comparison of classical and modern approaches to political theory, linking the great thinkers of the past with the systems of thought in place today.
The Worlds of Plato and Aristotle by
Call Number: 180.82 Wilbur
Publication Date: 1962
The purpose of this text is to present the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle as whole perspectives of life and the world by utilizing the actual writings of the two men.
General Plato: Online Resources
Plato and Democracy
Many describe Plato as a snobbish, aristocratic reactionary; this is counterbalanced by the no less incorrect generalization that he was a radical revolutionary reformer. In addition, writers who should know better often contrast Plato the aristocrat with Socrates the democrat. Such statements are utterly uncritical, as Platonic scholars have frequently pointed out. But the tendency persists. And it seems worth while to bring the facts of the case together in a brief compass.
Plato: Philosophy, Politics and Knowledge
From the book "Essays on Plato's Epistemology," author Franco Trabattoni examines the relationship between Plato's philosophy and politics.
Coercion and Objectivity in Plato's Dialectic
Author T.H. Irwin examines the difference between persuasion and intellectual bullying and their relationship to Plato's approach to philosophy.
The Question of Historical Context and the Study of Plato
This article challenges Quentin Skinner's claim that a belief in the importance of studying the historical context of classical texts is incompatible with the belief that we can learn timeless truths from them. The author uses a study of Plato to show that political philosophers adapt their writings to their immediate audience as well as address posterity. He contends that a study of the historical context of a work is necessary for distinguishing its timely and timeless aspects and developing a deeper appreciation of the latter.
Deadly Dialogue: Thucydides with Plato
"By comparing the singleton dialogue, the Melian Dialogue, with another moment in the same author, the equally famous Mytilenian Debate, I hope to show that Thucydides is taking a position on the question of dialogue (philosophy), as opposed to rhetoric (sophism), a position exactly opposite to the one adopted by his rough contemporary but slightly junior, Plato."