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3.0095 out of 53.0095 out of 53.0095 out of 53.0095 out of 53.0095 out of 5 3.01 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Strathern Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Philosophers in 90 Minutes Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455179725
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In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler. Adopting the nickname Plato, he embarked instead on a life in philosophy. In 387 BC he founded the Academy, the world’s first university, and taught his students that all we see is not reality but merely a reproduction of the true source. And in his famous Republic he described the politics of “the highest form of state.”

In Plato in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Plato’s life and ideas and explains their influence on man’s struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Plato’s work, a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Plato within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

The 90 Minutes series includes brief but authoritative interpretations of the worlds greatest thinkers, deciphering philosophical thought in an entertaining and accessible fashion and making it comprehensible and interesting to almost everyone.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Thompson | 1/2/2014

    " An introduction to his philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bo | 11/16/2013

    " Another good introduction to Plato's thinking. His ideas can be useful but easily corrupted. Plato is a little too totatlitarian for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherene | 11/4/2013

    " A very short but interesting book. I never knew he was such a fascist. He believed in subordinating your entire individuality to the state and obeying your leaders without question. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 6/28/2013

    " Just can't get enough in this short of a book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tra-Kay | 3/13/2013

    " For some reason I didn't find this one as entertaining as the others I've listened to (Aristotle and Wittgenstein). What I gained from it was a sort of vague dislike of Plato as a person, which might just be a reflection of Strathern's feelings to some extent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maxfield | 3/5/2013

    " love Paul Strathern "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Payne | 9/20/2012

    " I don't know, didn't last 90 minutes. Lots of typos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emil Nuñez | 7/12/2012

    " Short and informative. Can't ask for anything more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 5/28/2012

    " still replete with snide remarks rather than substance of life and thoughts of plato, but also with a fair amount of substance with this philosopher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos Burga | 3/28/2012

    " Really good crash course on Plato, it hits all the main points and lays out his ideas without being overly verbose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 3/16/2012

    " Nice easy to read book that focuses mostly on Plato's life. Has some interesting facts in it. Connecting Plato to Hitler and Stalin is a bit over the top however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 2/7/2012

    " strathern does it again..excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy McNeil | 12/9/2011

    " Strathern doesn't bother to give The Republic the attention it deserves, deciding that more time spent on the history of the era better explains the philosophical contributions of Plato. I don't know if I agree with that, but I think (given how short these books are) he gets much accomplished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Young | 10/9/2011

    " Seems like a decent summary of Plato for 90 minutes. Felt like there was a lot left out, even though I don't know much about Plato. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/26/2011

    " This is great for what it is. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 3/24/2011

    " Nice easy to read book that focuses mostly on Plato's life. Has some interesting facts in it. Connecting Plato to Hitler and Stalin is a bit over the top however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 3/3/2011

    " I don't know, didn't last 90 minutes. Lots of typos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlos | 7/20/2010

    " Really good crash course on Plato, it hits all the main points and lays out his ideas without being overly verbose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherene | 5/6/2010

    " A very short but interesting book. I never knew he was such a fascist. He believed in subordinating your entire individuality to the state and obeying your leaders without question. "

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