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Understanding Plato

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This incisive book fills the longstanding need for a sound, reliable, and balanced guide to the whole of Plato's philosophical work. Melling describes the different stages in Plato's philosophical development, introduces his different methods and styles of philosophy, and explains why the debates were important then and what sense we can make of them now. Against the backg ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 10th 1987 by Oxford University Press (first published December 1st 1987)
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Richard Newton
Apr 30, 2013 Richard Newton rated it really liked it
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This is a very nice overview of Plato's thinking and writing. It is relatively easy to read and provides very good summary style overview of key texts. The book is very well laid out.

My one caveat is that this may be just a little too deep for someone with no philosophical background (though I would suggest you try it), and on the other hand it is sometimes a little bit too light for someone who wants a serious and critical philosophical review of Plato's writing. This would be ideal for someone
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Understanding Plato is a little gem, a great introduction to the writing of Plato.
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