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Plato and Platonism

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Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 74,527 / 229 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 35.3
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 1,953 5507
Genre: Philosophy

atural though but half- developed instincts of the human mind itself.

Plato has seemed to many to have been scarcely less than the creator of philosophy; and it is an immense advance he makes, from the crude or turbid beginnings of scientific enquiry with the Ionians or the Eleatics, to that wide range of perfectly finished philosophical literature. His encyclopaedic view of the whole domain of knowledge is more than a mere step in a progress. Nothing that went before it, for compass and power and charm, had been really comparable to it. Plato's achievement may well seem an absolutely fresh thing in the morning of the mind's history. Yet in truth the world Plato had entered into was already almost weary of philosophical debate, bewildered by the oppositions of sects, the claims of rival schools. Language and the processes of thought were already become sophisticated, the very air he breathed sickly with off-cast speculative atoms.

In the Timaeus, dealing with the origin of the universe he figure

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***

I find this book not easy to read; there are easier introductions to the philosophy of Plato available. To see what I mean by 'not easy' see the 2 samples I have copied below. I can only recommend this book if you're really very interested in Plato



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