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  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Julia Annas
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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By: Julia Annas
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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This lively and accessible introduction to Plato focuses on the philosophy and argument of his writings, drawing the listener into Plato's way of doing philosophy, and the general themes of his thinking. It looks at Plato as a thinker grappling with philosophical problems in a variety of ways, rather than a philosopher with a fully worked-out system. It includes a brief account of Plato's life and the various interpretations that have been drawn from the sparse remains of information. It stresses the importance of the founding of the Academy and the conception of philosophy as a subject. Julia Annas discusses Plato's style of writing: his use of the dialogue form, his use of what we today call fiction, and his philosophical transformation of myths. She also looks at his discussions of love and philosophy, his attitude to women, and to homosexual love, explores Plato's claim that virtue is sufficient for happiness, and touches on his arguments for the immortality of the soul and his ideas about the nature of the universe.

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My first introduction to Plato

I know nothing of philosophy but Plato came up in another book i read and I was eager to learn more about him.
This book is as the name of the book a good introduction of who he was, what he thaught and who he was inspired from.
It was a bit hard for me (personally) to follow along with everything but I feel like I have a good understanding of what to expect from Plato in my coming readings.