Neel Burton – Plato: Letters to My Son

Neel Burton PlatoAfter a couple of other books on Plato, Neel Burton decided to write an autobiography from the viewpoint of Plato to his (fictional) son Adimantes. Written as letters, you could call them chapters reflect on the life, lessons and death of Plato’s master Socrates, Plato’s own life and phylosophies, interest in mathematics and the Greek history as background. Burton used The Republic, Apology, and other books by and references to Plato along with dozens of other Greek manuscripts and modern English translations to present this smooth biography that engages you as a reader into this great Greek thinker. Plato addresses themes that have intrigued people for centuries: love, death, good & evil, war & peace, politics, family, reward & punishment.

Burton, philosopher himself, uses Plato: Letters to my Son to spread his own ideas as well. Nowhere in the book is a third person introduced as critic, neither a (different) point of view from the author in an appendix or preface is introduced.  If you want to read more on the allegory of the cave and the geometry lesson of the slave boy, the author presents the extended versions in appendices, alongside with a index of names, extra history lessons.

About the author

Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford. He is the recipient of the Society of Authors Richard Asher Prize, the British Medical Association Young Authors’ Award, and the Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award.