Plato: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Plato in just one hour.
Plato is still seen by many as the greatest of all philosophers, inspiring many of the finest thinkers through the ages. Indeed, many see all later philosophy as nothing but attempts to answer the questions he raised.
He founded the Academy, the world’s first university, in 387 BC and taught that the physical world is not reality but rather a reproduction of the true source.
Plato: Philosophy in an Hour is an audiobook with an expert account of Plato’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from his work, suggested further reading and chronologies that place Plato in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.


What the Critics Say

”Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them...I find them hard to stop reading.” (New York Times)
”Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise” (Wall Street Journal)
”Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character...I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization.” (Boston Globe)
”A godsend in this era of the short attention span.” (New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good introduction for beginners to Philosophy.

Where does Plato: Philosophy in an Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What was one of the most memorable moments of Plato: Philosophy in an Hour?

The most memorable bit must be, the writer's explanations to Plato's key theory of utopia.

What three words best describe Jonathan Keeble’s performance?

Soothing, clear, calming

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting. However, in my experience of reading philosophy, I have often take breaks to process understanding, to digest.This series, really explained the arguments and described in detail Plato's life and his contemporaries.

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- Matt

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I like the style of presenting.
I disliked the way that the author has rather misunderstood Plato and his works on politics, specially on the Republic.

I recommend this book for those who have already read the Republic.

I chose gave it 4 stars over all mainly for the story not the judgemental statements on Plato and his works on politics.
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- Bapir

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-08-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited