- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019280216X
- ISBN-13: 978-0192802163
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 4.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plato: A Very Short Introduction 1st Edition
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About the Author
Julia Annas is Regents Professor of Philosophy at The University of Arizona. She has published eight books and many articles on a wide variety of topics in ancient philosophy and is author of Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction.
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In a very readable and engaging style, Julia Annas presents what is known about Plato, helpful suggestions on how to approach his dialogues, and a brief summary of his important ideas and their historical significance. What more can one ask of an introduction?
I would say that the biggest of all the problems with this text is that it just isn’t suited for the neophyte: taking for granted my abovementioned familiarity, there were some parts of the text where something said made no sense to me. I had to refer to the original Platonic dialogue to try to figure out what the author meant. Another issue is that Plato’s thought is present (sometimes) from standpoints in which the interpretation is more than controversial, though presented without the slightest indication of this. (Especially, Unitarian vs. Revisionist understanding of the development of the Platonic texts; see the commentary in Chappell’s “Theaetetus.”)
The book would have been much better if it either grouped dialogues by themes, or took elements from dialogues and presented major ideas in that fashion, while still being able to incorporate the context and the one decent chapter already included.
A point on the printing of the book, for those who may be looking to purchase it: numerous copies of this book, I have found, have a printing error in them. A large swathe of the text in the middle of the book was inverted and inserted into the book upside-down. Three copies from three different (unrelated, e.g., university and public) libraries contained this binding/printing error. Be sure to look inside at what you are getting, first.
On the other hand, I do complain for price -- this small book with about 100 pages is expensive, especially for students. If they paid two-three times more, they will buy five-seven more extensive book.
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This is a readable account by a professor of philosophy at Oxford and Arizona Universities of the...Read more