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Plato For Beginners
Robert Cavalier, Illustrations by Eric Lurio
ISBN: 9781934389089
Book (Paperback)
For Beginners
$16.99
6 x 9
160 pages
B&W Illustrations throughout
August 21, 2007


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All philosophy is a footnote to Plato. No other person so shaped the Western world and the way we think about it.

Plato’s questions remain as real for us today as they were 2500 years ago, and as human beings, we can not avoid their presence nor shirk our responsibility to attempt to answer them:

  • What is Justice?
  • What is Truth?
  • What is Beauty?
  • What kind of society should we build?
  • How do we know what we know?

Plato For Beginners introduces the reader to Socrates, Plato’s mentor whose martyrdom led Plato to formulate a new system of knowledge based on reason. Socrates was found guilty and sentenced to death for refusing to recognize the gods of the State and for introducing other divinities. He was also found guilty of corrupting youth.

Plato For Beginners

also covers the history of Greece as well as the life and ideas of this great philosopher and his influence over time, from early Christianity to the 20th Century. The reader learns what he meant by Truth, Beauty, and the Good. Classical dialogues such as Symposium, Phaedo, The Apology, and The Republic are all explored in the context of his time and our own.

Robert Cavalier received his BA from New York University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Duquesne University. In 1987 he joined the staff at Carnegie Mellon's Center for Design of Educational Computing, where he became Executive Director in 1991. Dr. Cavalier was Director of CMU's Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy from 2005-2007. He is currently co-Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy.
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