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Plato's Conception of Philosophy

Nature volume 141, page 997 (04 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE author of this ably written book is right in considering philosophy less as a body of results than as a mode of life. Owing probably to his wish to defend this conception, he restricts his inquiry into Plato's doctrines to his attitude towards epistomology, ethics and life in general. On these points Dr. Gauss has many useful suggestions to make which may serve to complete the traditional interpretation of Plato that has become part of British philosophy. Besides the scholarly interest of this work, to which Prof. Taylor contributes a striking preface, there is an attempt to show that philosophy is not a purely academic pursuit. The success of this plea will depend in large measure on the use of the author's method for the interpretation of other aspects of philosophy and of its history.

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