Plato and Platonism: A series of lectures (Library edition of the works of Walter Pater) by Walter Pater
By Platonism, the author clarifies, is meant not Neo-Platonism of any kind, but the leading principles of Plato s doctrine, which I have tried to see in close connexion with himself as he is presented in his own writings. The critique here presented of Plato s work is never independent of Plato as a man or Plato as philosopher, but rather enables Pater to study the close relation between author and text. The diversity of areas covered is in itself a fine achievement, and Pater is able to give each area enough attention to make it self-sufficient (each chapter was originally a lecture), yet at the same time, he succeeds in unifying all the areas to make for a well-structured book. Especially interesting are the chapter which explores the relationship between Plato and Socrates; the chapter on Plato s aesthetics; the chapter on Plato s Republic; and the chapter dealing with the relationship between Plato and the Sophists.