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The Platonic Tradition

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This engaging course of lectures begins by providing a detailed and accurate overview of Plato's philosophy and it's central idea - the idea of a transcendent reality that has popularly become known as the theory of the Forms. Professor Kreeft then takes us on a concise journey through Western Philosophical history to show how that central idea - the theory of forms - has ...more
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Glenn Bowlan
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is quite a good overview of the responses to Platonic metaphysics from a devoutly Catholic perspective. Peter Kreeft makes each topic feel important and relevant. This is not a dispassionate review of philosophical positions. Kreeft's positive and affirmative message makes this lecture series the feel like a sermon or a self-help book.
Peter Mahaffey
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a helpful book!
Luke Langley
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alfred North Whitehead said that all of philosophy was a footnote to Plato. In this lecture series Kreeft shows this to be the case. After a basic review of the writings Plato Kreeft reviews those who built upon the Platonic tradition, such as Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine. He then explores philosophies such as Positivism and Nihilism which have been anti-Platonist in their outlook. Where Plato explored a world of Ideas outside of the cave, teaching a method which seeks to get at the essenc ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
To quote Kreeft referring to another colleague's writings (with my slight modificaiton:)): "Anything (Kreeft) writes (or teaches on) turns to gold." This is deep stuff, but, in my opinion, there is no better person to introduce any topic in philosophy than Kreeft.
Nathan Otten
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A history of the Platonic tradition from a Platonist. He is a bit bombastic toward the other views, but does a good job explaining platonism and it's impact through the ages. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this one.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at those schools!
Arthur Lammers
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extremely readable. Will not substitute for the original material, but an amazing starting point for further inquiry into Plato's influence on the majority of philosophical thought.
Rebekah Valerius
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t recommend this lecture series enough! In them, Dr. Peter Kreeft gives an excellent introduction to Western thought that’s both accessible and delightful to listen to. Kreeft is perhaps one of the best popularizers of philosophy today. As an admirer of C.S. Lewis, Kreeft frequently makes use of his metaphor of looking both at and along something. He has written an entire book series in which he creates illuminating dialogues between Socrates and various modern philosophers – from Hume, to ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
2020 Jul. Kreeft recorded these eight lectures in 2012. There is no Course Guide, unlike his other "Modern Scholar" audiobooks, so I've had to copy the following descriptions from the first lecture:

1. Definitions: Platonism and the Doctrine of the Forms
2. Plato's Predecessors (Myth and Socrates) and the Forms in the Dialogues
3. The Three Greatest Platonists: Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine
4. Six Christian Platonists (Writers in the New Testament and Philosophers)
5. Anti-Platonism: Occam and N
François B
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read. I am very glad that Dr. Kreeft decided to take his Platonic lectures and put them into book format. I first came across this book's first 4 chapters (lectures) on Youtube as "The Plato Lectures" or "The Platonic Lectures". I recommend everyone to go listen to them, they are about 45 mins each. I was so impressed by the lucidity with which he touches upon Plato's "big idea" that I eagerly scoured the internet to see if I could find a book version of them. Thankfully I di ...more
David Kirschner
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting lectures on Plato and his influence. Lots of thought-provoking stuff for me mostly about religion and epistemology. The author is a Christian and not shy about either the supremacy of monotheism or his disdain for modern society, which according to him has decayed into nihilistic meaninglessness. He'll say things like "atheists are snobs" and so on, but if you follow his logic, you see what he means, even if you disagree and can make counter-arguments. My favorite parts were the part ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-list
This audiobook was an incredible encounter with ancient Greek, early Christian, Medieval, and Modern Philosophy. Kreeft does an exceptional job of explaining the influence Plato has had throughout the ages. Then, he aptly defines how different people have either added to, subtracted from, synthesized, or repudiated Plato throughout the ages up until the modern and post-modern eras. I recommend this to anyone interested in philosophy and especially to those who are either interested in learning m ...more
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The last lecture was best.
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Peter Kreeft is a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of over 45 books including Fundamentals of the Faith , Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven , and Back to Virtue . Some consider him the best Catholic philosopher currently residing in the United States. His ideas draw heavily from religious and philosophical tradi ...more

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