Plato: Greece (ca. 428–348 BC)

By Prof. Berel Lang
Read by Charlton Heston

The Giants of Philosophy Series

2.28 Hours 09/01/2005 unabridged
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Plato was the first great philosopher of the West to organize and record the issues and questions that define philosophy. A student of Socrates, Plato preserved the teachings of his mentor in many famous “dialogues” that deal with classic issues like law and justice, perception and reality, death and the soul, mind and body, reason and passion, and the nature of love. The most famous of all Platonic doctrines is the “theory of forms,” the idea that there are changeless, eternal forms on which existing things are modeled. The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history’s greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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Plato was the first great philosopher of the West to organize and record the issues and questions that define philosophy. A student of Socrates, Plato preserved the teachings of his mentor in many famous “dialogues” that deal with classic issues like law and justice, perception and reality, death and the soul, mind and body, reason and passion, and the nature of love. The most famous of all Platonic doctrines is the “theory of forms,” the idea that there are changeless, eternal forms on which existing things are modeled.

The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history’s greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

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Author Bio: Dr. Berel Lang

Dr. Berel Lang has been Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Letters at Wesleyan University since 2005. Previously, he taught philosophy at the University of Colorado and the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Lang received his BA from Yale University and a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Philosophical Association, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Hebrew University. Dr. Lang is the author of many books, including Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide,The Anatomy of Philosophical Style, Holocaust Representation: Art within the Limits of History and Ethics, and Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 2.28
Audience: Adult
Language: English