Plato In 90 Minutes

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Strathern
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2003
Length: 1 hour, 14 minutes
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In an age when philosophers had scarcely glimpsed the horizons of the mind, a boy named Aristocles decided to forgo his ambitions as a wrestler. Adopting the nickname Plato, he embarked instead on a life in philosophy. In 387 BC he founded the Academy, the world's first university, and taught his students that all we see is not reality but merely a reproduction of the true source. And in his famous Republic he described the politics of "the highest form of state."
In Plato in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Plato's life and ideas and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Plato's work, a brief list of suggested reading for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Plato within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.
The 90 Minutes series includes brief but authoritative interpretations of the world's greatest thinkers, deciphering philosophical thought in an entertaining and accessible fashion and making it comprehensible and interesting to almost everyone.

Reviews (4)

Written by Gail Fitch on December 4th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book was succinctly written and provided an adequate overview of Plato and his contemporaries. Audiobooks is a pleasant option when combing through required reading.

Plato Introduction

Written by Anonymous on August 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The book did explain Plato. It was a little difficult to absorb it all through. For us Plato newbies, it was a good introduction.

Plato in 90 Minutes

Written by Hugh Wilson from Gordonville, TX on June 8th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

90- minutes is hardly enough time to explain Plato. Don't waste your time, if you are at all interested in this great literary figure.

Pretty good

Written by Larry Longtin on December 20th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not a bad way to get a feel for Plato. I tried reading "The Republic" a few years back, but I didn't get too much out of it. This CD also gives you a fairly balanced perspective on it as well, describing how Plato fits into the big picture.

Author Details

Author Details

Strathern, Paul

Paul Strathern (1940-) is a British writer and academic. He was born in London, and studied at Trinity College, Dublin. His novel A Season in Abyssinia won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1972. Besides five novels, he has also written numerous books on science, philosophy, history, literature, medicine and economics. He is the author of two successful series of short introductory books: Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World. His book on the history of chemistry entitled Mendeleyev's Dream (2001) was short-listed for the Aventis Prize, and his works have been translated into over two dozen languages. He is the author of the best-selling 'The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance', and his most recent work 'Napoleon in Egypt' came out in May 2007.

Strathern was a lecturer at Kingston University where he taught philosophy and science. He lives in London, and has three grandchildren: Tristan, Julian and Opajoke.