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This section features articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The SEP is probably the most comprehensive online philosophy resource. It features in-depth articles on a huge number of philosophical topics, however, it is aimed at an academic audience and may be too detailed and technical for beginners. The IEP is generally more beginner-friendly but is also considered to be less reliable. Wikipedia is also an option, but it is much less reliable than either of these.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Plato’s Aesthetics
- Plato on utopia
- Plato’s Middle Period Metaphysics and Epistemology
- Plato’s Ethics: An Overview
- Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry
- Plato’s Ethics and Politics in The Republic
- Method and Metaphysics in Plato’s Sophist and Statesman
- Plato on Friendship and Eros
- Plato’s Shorter Ethical Works
- Plato’s Cratylus
- Plato’s Parmenides
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Plato: The Republic
- Plato: Political Philosophy
- Plato: The Laws
- Plato: The Academy
- Plato: Organicism
- Plato: Meno
- Plato: The Timaeus
- Plato: Theaetetus
- Plato: Phaedo
This section features short articles written by professional philosophers and aimed at a general audience. These articles are ideal for anyone looking for a shorter or more beginner-friendly introduction to Plato than the encyclopedia articles listed above.
- What Plato can teach you about finding a soulmate
- Love problems? There’s a pill for that, but Plato offers a wiser cure
- Plato’s dialogues, part 1: Why Plato?
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 2: Who was Plato’s Socrates?
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 3: Philosophy as a way of life
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 4: What do you love?
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 5: Love and the perception of forms
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 6: The philosophical school
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 7: Plato and Christianity
- Plato’s Dialogues, part 8: A man for all seasons
- Why every government should keep an empty seat for a philosopher king
This section features episodes from leading philosophy podcasts. These are also aimed at a general audience and are a good option for beginners who prefer audio content.
The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps:
- Socrates without Plato: the Accounts of Aristophanes and Xenophon
- Method Man: Plato’s Socrates
- Raphael Woolf on Socrates
- In Dialogue: the Life and Works of Plato
- Know Thyself: Two Unloved Platonic Dialogues
- Virtue Meets its Match: Plato’s Gorgias
- We Don’t Need No Education: Plato’s Meno
- I Know, Because the Caged Bird Sings: Plato’s Theaetetus
- MM McCabe on Knowledge in Plato
- Famous Last Words: Plato’s Phaedo
- Soul and the City: Plato’s Political Philosophy
- Ain’t No Sunshine: The Cave Allegory of Plato’s Republic
- Second Thoughts: Plato’s Parmenides and the Forms
- Fiona Leigh on Plato’s Sophist
- What’s in a Name? Plato’s Cratylus
- A Likely Story: Plato’s Timaeus
- Wings of Desire: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues
- Frisbee Sheffield on Platonic Love
- Last Judgments: Plato, Poetry and Myth
- Jessica Moss on Plato and Aristotle on Weakness of Will
- Melissa Lane on Plato and Sustainability
- M.M. McCabe on the Paradox of Inquiry
- Melissa Lane on Plato and Totalitarianism
- Angie Hobbs on Plato on War
- Angie Hobbs on Plato on Erotic Love
- Simon Blackburn on Plato’s Cave
In Our Time
The Philosopher’s Zone
- A Plato for modern times
- Plato, Buddhism and storytelling
- The Myth of Plato and Plato the Myth-maker
- Philosopher Kings
- The Euthyphro: Dialogue about a Dialogue
Short Videos (<30 mins)
This section features short videos aimed at beginners.
BBC Radio 4
- What would Plato make of referendums? | BBC Ideas
- Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – Alex Gendler
- Platonic Ethics – Angie Hobbs
Lectures/Longer Videos (>30 mins)
This section features longer videos and lectures.
- Myles Burnyeat on Plato
- Self Directed Study in Philosophy | Plato’s Dialogues | Sadler’s Advice
- Ancient Philosophy: Plato (Playlist)
See this page for course syllabi on Plato.
See this list of the best books on Plato.
This section features online courses on Plato.
- Lecture Course in Plato – Richard Dien Winfield, University of Georgia
See this page for a selection of key quotes by Plato.
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