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Plato's Dialogues: Path to Initiation

by Carol Dunn Portal Books
Pub Date:
11/2012
ISBN:
9780983198468
Format:
Pbk 360 pages
Price:
AU$59.99 NZ$63.47
Product Status: Title is Print on Demand - May take 4 weeks
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For millennia, hundreds of books have been written on Plato's dialogues and philosophy. In this book, Carol Dunn makes the case that the major modern scholars interpret Plato with an overwhelming focus on understanding the rational content of the dialogues, but omit or neglect the project of their purpose. Once they have mined the individual dialogues for their meaning, they neglect to share what readers can or should do with the knowledge gained from their investigations.

The author makes the case that Plato is engaged not only in thinking but also, and more important, in doing—that what we do with the knowledge is crucial, because it can determine the meaning and purpose of our own life. She saw that he was not merely engaging in rational philosophical discussion, but that the dialogues of Plato, especially up to the Republic, embody the Socratic exhortation for each individual to ''take care for the soul.'' The dialogues therefore embody both a rational philosophy and a system of spiritual/religious principles and doctrines whose purpose is to lay out—in a public forum—the path a true disciple needs to take to have a personal and direct experience of spiritual illumination, or enlightenment.

This book is not just for scholars of Plato's philosophy, but for anyone who wishes to penetrate an ancient, though largely overlooked, path to initiation.
Carol Dunn was born in England, and moved to the U.S. in her twenties. She obtained a BA in Philosophy and Art History and an MA in Philosophy, from City University of New York. She completed coursework for a Ph.D. but became dissatisfied with the discipline's overall focus on science, logic, and linguistics, since her own interests were in metaphysics and religion. She decided instead to follow an Eastern spiritual teacher and, over the years, was surprised to find that some of the core concepts were also found in Plato's Dialogues. Carol's MA paper was titled ''Plato's Forms: Their Evolution from Immanence to Transcendence,'' which led to her book, Plato's Dialogues: Path to Initiation. Carol is currently researching a book on Pythagoras.