The Essence of Plato's Philosophy

The Essence of Plato's Philosophy

The Essence of Plato's Philosophy

The Essence of Plato's Philosophy

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In the brief presentation which I here attempt to give of Plato's philosophy, I have naturally had to omit the proof for certain expositions. Whoever will refer to my other works will there discover what he may find missing here. Above all I must always refer to my two-volume work, Platon, Sein Leben, seine Schriften, seine Lehre (C. H. Beck, München, 1910, 1923). I have again given painstaking care to the indices. I believe that with their aid all passages which are of similar content can easily be brought together. I hope that no one will be frightened away by the use of Greek words and whole sentences in the footnotes. In isolated places in the text where I have made use of a Greek word, the translation or an explanation is added as soon as possible.

Even now we have no satisfactory picture of Plato. The only reliable bust that we have is the herm Castellani (Berlin), which is a crude and late copy. Among the other busts related to it, that at Holkam Hall is the most acceptable. In it, however, certain parts of the face are restorations. We must therefore accept it as it is.

The Würtembergische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften granted me a sum of money to defray part of the expense of publishing this book. For this aid I express my gratitude to them.

C. RITTER

TÜBINGEN, October 27, 1930 . . .

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