The Growth of Plato's Ideal Theory: an Essay


THE little book before us is far the best introduction to the study of Plato which we know, and every reader will be grateful to Sir James Frazer for rescuing it from his pigeon-holes. It was written fifty years ago as a dissertation for a fellowship at Trinity, and has therefore all the charm of youthful enthusiasm and newly acquired knowledge. This more than compensates for any corrections necessary in minor points-the dating of the dialogues and so forth. It is one of the book's outstanding merits. Another is that, taking one thread-the development of the ideal theory in the clue, it is possible to connect all the dialogues by their most vital link and give both unity >and evolution to the picture without overloading it with details.

The Growth of Plato's Ideal Theory: an Essay.

Sir James George Frazer. Pp. xi + 114. (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1930.) 7s. 6d. net.

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MARVIN, F. The Growth of Plato's Ideal Theory: an Essay . Nature 127, 264–265 (1931).

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