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Plato: A Very Short Introduction by Julia Annas Review

Writer: Julia Annas
Publication Oxford University Publication
ISBN-13 978-0192802163
Language: English
Genre: History
Best Sellers Rank: #226,972 in Books
Customer review 4.4/5
Publish Date: 10 March 2003

"Plato: A Very Short Introduction" by Julia Annas is an excellent overview of the life and philosophy of one of the most important thinkers in Western philosophy. The book is part of the "Very Short Introduction" series, and it is an ideal starting point for anyone who wants to learn about Plato's ideas and their relevance to modern thought.

Annas's writing is clear and concise, and she does an excellent job of distilling Plato's complex ideas into manageable, easy-to-understand concepts. She covers all of Plato's major works, including "The Republic" and "The Symposium," and she provides insightful analysis and commentary on each of them.

One of the strengths of the book is its focus on the historical and cultural context in which Plato lived and worked. Annas provides a thorough overview of the political and social climate of Athens in the fourth century BCE, which helps readers understand the motivations behind Plato's philosophy.

Overall, "Plato: A Very Short Introduction" is an excellent introduction to Plato's life and work. It is well-written, informative, and accessible, making it an ideal starting point for anyone interested in learning more about this important philosopher.