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Plato in 90 Minutes (Philosophers in 90 Minutes)

3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  380 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one s friends to Western civilization. Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe. Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading. Richard Bernstein, New York Times. Wit ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published January 1st 64)
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 6 بخش و چند فصلِ پیوسته به آن تشکیل شده است... در این کتاب به زندگی نامه و زندگیِ زمانۀ «افلاطون» و همچنین به اندیشۀ وی و آثارِ او، پرداخته شده است
این کتاب، فرصتی به من داد، تا توضیحاتی هرچند کوتاه در موردِ «افلاطون» برایِ شما بزرگواران بنویسم
عزیزانم، همانطور که در این کتاب آمده: « آریستوکلس» در یک خانوادۀ اهلِ سیاست و نامی، در جزیرۀ « اگینا» در نزدیکیِ شهرِ « آتن» دیده به جهان گشود
آریستوکلس علاقۀ زیادی به ورزش داشت... از همین جهت به ورزشِ کُشتی روی آورد... دوبار در
Jun 03, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Another freebie from Channels. Like other books in the series so far there is an introduction followed by Plato's biography and followed up with quotes and (the same in every book) history of philosophy. Plato was a student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle. He is best known for his work Republic which is a staple of every political science student. In it, Plato presents his "Allegory of the Cave." He also never speaks in his dialogs and uses Socrates as his voice.

The title R
Mohammadjavad Abbasi
کتاب به دو بخش کلی تقسیم میشود.قسمت اول زندگی نامه افلاطون را شامل میشود از دوران کودکی ، روی آوردن وی به ورزش،شعر و در نهایت یادگیری فلسفه نزد سقراط تا خارج شدن از آتن به دنبال محاکمه استاد خود ،سفرطولانی وی به ایتالیا و شمال آفریقا ،بازگشت به آتن و تاسیس اکادمی .بخش دوم کتاب هم مشتمل بر گزیده ای از سخنان افلاطون در کتاب هایش و نظرات مهم وی از جمله عالم مثل و تمثیل غار و مدینه فاضله وی را مختصرا توضیح میدهد.در مجموع یک کتاب مفید و مختصر برای آشنایی با افلاطون است ولی هرگز کافی نیست:)
Mar 24, 2015 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Ninety minutes is the exact length of my attention span for philosophy. This survey of Plato was interesting and helpful. I feel smarter now.
Oct 27, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Corta biografía de Platón. Apenas y se menciona su fase como discípulo de Sócrates. Está bien para un primer acercamiento sobre la figura de Platón y un poco de sus ideas, pero aún así creo que el autor se pudo esmerar más en explicar más.
Al final hay unas citas de Platón, que más parece que se hizo por rellenar el libro, y hubiera sido útil algunos comentarios sobre ellas, pero solo están copypasteados.
Lo más rescatable es que se pone en perspectiva el legado de Platón, que representó en la his
Apr 02, 2016 Tony rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
PLATO IN 90 MINUTES. (1996; CD 2003). Paul Strathern. ***.
This is likely only the second book on tape I’ve attempted in my life, and – as in my previous attempt – the attempt was more- or less- of a failure. To listen to a recorded book – even one as well read as this one – requires an effort of attention that also needs training. I can’t imagine listening to one while driving, as many people do. It’s a wonder that there aren’t more accidents on the road. In this rendering of Strathern’s 80-page
Feb 27, 2016 Kim rated it really liked it
Paul Strathen provided me with a quick overview of Plato while I waited for my car to be serviced. I feel safe with my new air bags and enlightened philosophically.
Aug 04, 2014 Realini rated it it was amazing
Plato in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
Nec plus ultra

Plato is the nec plus ultra for this reader. It is as far as I can go with reading philosophy in the original, unadapted, unabridged or explained version. And I know few other authors who have expressed such beautiful, mesmerizing ideas.
The fact that I had Plato in my hands when I was about twenty is one of the luckiest events of my whole life. It transformed me. Mind you, I did not turn into a wise thinker. With the genes I have, that would hav
Arash Kamangir
Apr 07, 2016 Arash Kamangir rated it really liked it
از نثر مجموعه لذت می برم.
Adam Uraynar
Jun 25, 2015 Adam Uraynar rated it really liked it
'All is number.'--Pythagoras

Socrates taught not so much a philosophy as philosophic method: clear thinking.

Most humans live as if in a dim cave. We are chained and facing a blank wall, with a fire at our backs. All we see are flickering shadows playing across the cave wall, and this is what we take to be reality. Only if we learn to turn away from the wall and the shadows, and escape from the cave, can we hope to see the true light of reality.
In more philosophical terms, Plato believed that ever
Matt Randall
Apr 26, 2016 Matt Randall rated it really liked it
Plato is one of those things that a person can spend a lifetime studying. A 90 minute overview was nice, but one simply can not dive into a lot of the details from such a short lesson. For someone who has never studied philosophy could really get a bunch out of this short book. I picture it as the cliff notes version of Plato.
Mar 30, 2016 Rizwan rated it liked it
I'll give the series another try, but really, there is no depth in argument. Here you are given a prepared set of views on Plato's philosophy rather than an objective deconstructed series of thoughts.
Mar 24, 2011 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Nice easy to read book that focuses mostly on Plato's life. Has some interesting facts in it. Connecting Plato to Hitler and Stalin is a bit over the top however.
Dec 18, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it
still replete with snide remarks rather than substance of life and thoughts of plato, but also with a fair amount of substance with this philosopher.
Mark Valentine
Feb 13, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it liked it
Strathern writes more about Plato's biography than his philosophy, but for 90 minutes worth, I got what I bargained for--basic fare.
Aaron Bolin
Dec 16, 2015 Aaron Bolin rated it liked it
Shelves: pop-science
The book delivered what it promised. I'm not really a philosophy enthusiast, so a 90 minute summary was nice.
Mark Hanson
Nov 05, 2015 Mark Hanson rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
Not particularly helpful.
Dec 27, 2010 Odd_bloke rated it really liked it
Shelves: coventry
The Essential Plato is another in the Virgin Philosophers series by Paul Strathern. I have previously read and reviewed (earlier this evening) his "The Essential Confucius", so this review will naturally reference that in some respects.[return][return]This book is short, only 56 pages including chronologies, recommended reading and a number of quotations, but Strathern manages to give a fairly complete history of Plato's life, showing how his life affected his philosophy while exploring, albeit ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Jimmy added it
This is the second work in the Philosopher in 90 Minutes series that I have finished, and it gives me hope that perhaps the series is not altogether hopeless (see my review of Aristotle in 90 Minutes). As a result, I am open to considering other titles in this series. Once again, the author Paul Strathern does a good job giving the readers a biographical sketch of our philosopher. This is not a work that just tells you what Plato believes and leave you bored with philosophical details. However, ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
A 10,000 ft view of Plato's philosophy. The author writes with humor but explains clearly two key concepts of Plato. One, is that what we see is not reality but only the image of the Perfect thing beyond our senses. He believed that the IDEA of anything, whether Equality or Beauty or Straight or Level or anything else actually existed but not here and now. Because he wanted order though he laid the basis for all the tyrannies of the modern era: "...this should remain the highest law: the need to ...more
Will Turner
Aug 03, 2016 Will Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
An extremely brief look at the life and thought of Plato. Emphasis on his life. This is an area where I would like to further explore. Particularly how the historical context of his life in the Greco world shaped and formed his thought, eg. The Republic.

Anti-Christian bias.
Nov 07, 2013 Terri added it
Hmmm…not sure how to review this one. Definitely well researched and well written. But I really don’t feel like I learned the kind of information I was hoping for; Plato’s main ideas deconstructed maybe. There is some of that, and Stathern delved into the history of thinking and politics at the time Plato was making a name for himself, so that’s good, but I feel like I now know more about Pythagoras than Plato! But I did learn one extremely interesting fact-Plato was a late bloomer in the world ...more
Jul 09, 2013 Vikram rated it it was ok
Paul Strathern's short sketch of Plato's life confirmed my suspicions that it's far too difficult to give attention where attention is due when it comes to a biography of a philosopher. This abbreviated look at Plato tended to his personal history -- where he was born, where he was schooled, where he lived when he wrote his philosophical works, what his romantic inclinations were -- rather than his philosophical thought, which is disappointing given how important his works like Euthyphro and The ...more
Beth E
Dec 01, 2012 Beth E rated it it was ok
The discussion of Plato seemed to center more on his place in history and surrounding historical events rather than his theories and thoughts as a great philosopher. Nonetheless, it was good to remember that he was a disciple of Socrates and is best known for writing The Republic, a discussion on politics, gender, sexulatity, home life and children. Another of his writings, on love, discusses eros (physical attraction) as well as higher, more spiritual, forms of love. This has now been labeled a ...more
Daniela Diaz
Platón en 60 minutos, es una muy breve y básica biografía de Platón, "si acaso lo esencial"
Justin Tapp
Sep 08, 2014 Justin Tapp rated it really liked it
Good overview of Plato's life, philosophy, and impact. Useful before reading Plato's works.
Feb 10, 2014 Iraff rated it did not like it
it sucks
Marcus Lira
Aug 20, 2009 Marcus Lira rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, history
Despite my animosity towards Plato, I liked this better than most other books in this series because it was a nice surprise to see a lengthy summary of Popper's criticism regarding Plato's Republic in such an introductory book.

Anyway, I've been devouring these books during my free time. Although I do already know much about these thinkers already, I really like Paul Strathern's style.
Carlton Moore
Feb 04, 2016 Carlton Moore rated it it was amazing
Remarkably efficient, I look forward to reading them all!
M Pereira
Interesting plotted history of Plato's life. Granted that its difficult to give an account of Plato's philosophy, even among the best of the experts; there isn't much of an attempt by the author to do so. This isn't the worst 90 minutes book I've read so far, but it is far from the best. All the same, I thought the biography of Plato is good.
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Paul Strathern (born 1940) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, after which he served in the Merchant Navy over a period of two years. He then lived on a Greek island. In 1966 he travelled overland to India and the Himalayas. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972.

Besides five novels, he has also written nume
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