‘Plato: An Introduction’ by Paul Friedländer

First published by Harper Torchbook in 1954


Friedländer’s writings on Plato, known in German to two generations of scholars and now available to the English reader, have had a major influence on Plato studies in modern times. First published in German in two volumes, and in subsequent editions revised and developed into three volumes which have been translated and again expanded, the Plato of Paul Friedländer is recognized as the “first resolute attempt to understand Plato’s dialogues entirely on the basis of their ancient pre-suppositions.”

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