Plato Today

Plato Today

Plato Today

Plato Today

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I am glad to introduce to American readers this most stimulating study of Plato in the light of modern political and social problems.

Mr. Crossman's mind deserves to be known by discriminating students in America. A former Fellow of New College, Oxford and tutor in philosophy, he has combined a passion for the classics with an interest in contemporary politics in a manner better known and exemplified in England than in this country. He is an active member of the British Labour Party and is now engaged in workers' education.

Mr. Crossman's book on Plato would be extremely valuable even without the second half, in which he seeks to establish relevance between the problems of Plato's day and our own. It would be valuable because of its very incisive and succinct analysis of the social conditions in the Athenian city-state of Socrates' and Plato's day, which furnished the presuppositions of his thought and the challenge to his reforming zeal. Equally interesting and illuminating is the account of the abortive efforts of a favourite pupil of Plato's to apply the teachings of his master to the political affairs of Syracuse. While pretending to no mastery of Platonic lore, I venture to suggest that students of Greek life and thought will find these chapters extremely valuable in their own right.

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