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About the book

The student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle, Plato is one of the most comprehensive and influential writers in the history of philosophy. But who was he, and what did he say that was so important? His works are a blend of ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, epistemology and metaphysics, all brilliantly connected together into a methodical philosophy. Who the Hell is Plato? looks first at who Plato was as a person and the influences on his thinking – which went beyond merely that of his teacher – before taking a deep dive into three of his most groundbreaking and influential ideas. 

Chapter 1: Plato's Life Story

Chapter 2: Influences on Plato's Thinking

Chapter 3: Theory of Forms
The world we understand through our senses is, according to Plato, simply a reflection of the pure and eternal world of Forms. But what exactly does he mean by this? This chapter gives us an accessible and fascinating answer.

Chapter 4: Theory of Knowledge
This chapter explains Plato's theory that learning is the development of ideas that are buried in the soul, which has existed before birth and which already contains the perfect knowledge of ideas. Thus, when something is 'learned', the idea is simply 'recalled' from the soul.

Chapter 5: The Good
Plato's theory of Ethics maintains that happiness is the highest aim for moral thought and behaviour, and in order to achieve this, one must follow certain virtues. This chapter explores his writings on ethics and reveals all you need to know about 'the Good' in an easy-to-understand way.

About the author

Dr Karen Parham is Lecturer in Philosophy for Warwickshire College Group. She has a PhD in Philosophy and Dutch Studies, Master of Arts degrees in European Philosophy and Art & Cultural Sciences, PGCE in Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dutch Studies and Philosophy. She is an independent scholar and freelance writer of academic articles and books, creative non-fiction and fiction for young adults and children. Karen lives in Birmingham, England.