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The Genesis of Plato's Thought: Second Edition (Paperback)
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The Genesis of Plato's Thought: Second Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 396 Pages / Published: 15/03/2011
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It is often said that to understand Plato we must understand his times. Many readers who might accept without question this saying of historical criticism may still wonder why we should think it necessary to begin our enquiry as far back as Homer and beyond. In the case of Plato there is an even greater need to pursue the argument back to the very beginnings of the historical period in which he lived and worked.

It is quite impossible to understand the genesis of Plato's ideas without understanding the profound change that Greek society underwent in the post-Homeric period that preceded him. This change in social structure created a mercantile, progressive Greek society, one which laid the foundations for all the subsequent history of Europe and the West. The Genesis of Plato's Thought is particularly highly regarded because it departs vigorously from the traditional abstract, static view of Plato's thought.

Winspear's volume on Plato's thought traces, in a realistic fashion, the deep-reaching social and economic roots of Plato's concept of the state and society. Winspear believes that nowhere can the social roots of philosophy be more sharply seen and more firmly apprehended than when one is dealing with the origins of Western philosophy among the Greeks. His book contains the body of information which any reader should have if they wish to approach Plato as a historical figure. To make the book useful to a wide circle of readers, brief biographical identifications for the various important figures of Greek life are introduced in the text.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412811224
Number of pages: 396
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition


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"Easily the most illuminating analysis I have read--indeed the only adequate one--of Plato's philosophy, particularly his political and social theory growing out of the shaping forces and the living struggles of Greek society. The book is written with lucidity economy, strength. I shall use it, whenever I go back to the Republic, as a guide and handbook for students and myself." --Max Lerner

"I have read this with enormous interest. Work of this kind is of immense importance to all of us who work in the field of political science. We are always trying to relate the thinking of a philosopher to the social and political environment that produced him." --Harold Laski


"Easily the most illuminating analysis I have read--indeed the only adequate one--of Plato's philosophy, particularly his political and social theory growing out of the shaping forces and the living struggles of Greek society. The book is written with lucidity economy, strength. I shall use it, whenever I go back to the Republic, as a guide and handbook for students and myself." --Max Lerner

"I have read this with enormous interest. Work of this kind is of immense importance to all of us who work in the field of political science. We are always trying to relate the thinking of a philosopher to the social and political environment that produced him." --Harold Laski


"Easily the most illuminating analysis I have read--indeed the only adequate one--of Plato's philosophy, particularly his political and social theory growing out of the shaping forces and the living struggles of Greek society. The book is written with lucidity economy, strength. I shall use it, whenever I go back to the Republic, as a guide and handbook for students and myself." --Max Lerner

"I have read this with enormous interest. Work of this kind is of immense importance to all of us who work in the field of political science. We are always trying to relate the thinking of a philosopher to the social and political environment that produced him." --Harold Laski


-Easily the most illuminating analysis I have read--indeed the only adequate one--of Plato's philosophy, particularly his political and social theory growing out of the shaping forces and the living struggles of Greek society. The book is written with lucidity economy, strength. I shall use it, whenever I go back to the Republic, as a guide and handbook for students and myself.- --Max Lerner

-I have read this with enormous interest. Work of this kind is of immense importance to all of us who work in the field of political science. We are always trying to relate the thinking of a philosopher to the social and political environment that produced him.- --Harold Laski

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