This volume provides a comprehensive, learned and lively presentation of the whole range of Plato’s thought but with a particular emphasis upon how Plato developed his metaphysics with a view to supporting his deepest educational convictions. The author explores the relation of Plato’s metaphysics to the epistemological, ethical and political aspects of Plato’s theory of education and shows how Plato’s basic positions bear directly on the most fundamental questions faced by contemporary education.

chapter 1|3 pages


chapter 3|8 pages

Socrates on the unity of the person

chapter 5|13 pages

The impossibility of neutrality: Gorgias

chapter 6|8 pages

Sophistic or Socratic? Euthydemus

chapter 7|9 pages

The concept of learning: Meno

chapter 8|13 pages

Recollection revisited: Theaetetus

chapter 10|18 pages

Method and truth: Republic V–VII