Higher Education

On Plato, 1st Edition

  • John Peterman William Paterson University
  • ISBN-10: 0534576087  |  ISBN-13: 9780534576080
  • 96 Pages
  • © 2000 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $11.25

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Overview

This brief text assists students in understanding Plato's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON PLATO is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage in the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.

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Features and Benefits

  • Helps students achieve quick familiarity with the main philosophy of Plato as discussed in class or through readings.
  • Shows students the specific, substantial contributions made by Plato.
  • Is concise�just 96 pages�and easy to integrate with other course materials.
  • Contains the essential elements of all the key ideas of Plato that are most relevant to coursework.
  • Meets the practical needs and demands of present day college students.

Table of Contents

Preface.
Introduction.
1. PLATO'S LIFE AND TIMES.
Life in 5th and 4th century Athens. The Polis. War. Greek Education. Rhetoric-Part 1.
Religion.
2. PHILOSOPHY.
Death. Life. Rhetoric- Part ll.
3. THE MEDIUM OF THE DIALOGUE.
Literary Background. Frames and Settings. Conversations. Stories and Myths. Socratic Irony.
Selected Bibliography.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Peterman

John Peterman received his Ph.D. in 1980 from The Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in ancient Greek philosophy (particularly Plato) and American pragmatism (particularly Dewey). He teaches courses in Ancient Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Environmental Ethics, and Life Science Ethics. He coordinates the Humanities Honors Program. He is an avid hiker and has successfully completed the New York City Marathon three times (best time: 4:15). Recent publications include ON PLATO (Thomson Wadsworth, 2000).