Robert Cavalier. Illustrated by Eric Lurio.
All philosophy is a footnote to Plato. No other
person so shaped the Western world and the way
we think about it. 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. The book also
covers the history of Greece 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.