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Introduction to the Philosophy and Writings of Plato Hardcover – August 18, 2008

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The translator of this work, Thomas Taylor, is known for his authoritative translations of the Platonists; he was practically the sole source of Neo-Platonic thought in the transcendentalist movement of New England. Iamblichus' "Life of Pythagoras" was a constant source of inspiration to the transcendentalists and a major influence on their writings throughout the Nineteenth Century. Taylor's work was enthusiastically acclaimed by Emerson, who referred to the translator as "a Greek born out of his time, and dropped on the ridicule of a blind and frivolous age."
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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0554351919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0554351919
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.3 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,420,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contrary to the opinion of one review, Thomas Taylor was not writing to impress his college professors. He was an 18th century Neoplatonist whose translations were influential on William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth. In American editions they were read by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and G. R. S. Mead, secretary to Mme Blavatsky, the founder of Theosophy. As a kindred spirit of the Greek philosophers he translated, Taylor's translations have a different flavor from the common translations of the Christian theologian Benjamin Jowett.
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A person should understand how the framework of society developed. If you know the science, it's much easier to understand things developed in applied science.
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Free stuff is always awesome haha. On a serious note a must read if you want to start from somewhere
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Great reading for philosophes but unintelligible to me.
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still reading it. Worth the time.
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Excellent book
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