Cover: Plato's Theory of Man: An Introduction to the Realistic Philosophy of Culture, from Harvard University PressCover: Plato's Theory of Man in E-DITION

Plato's Theory of Man

An Introduction to the Realistic Philosophy of Culture

Product Details


$65.00 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674289451

Publication Date: 02/05/1946

320 pages


Available from De Gruyter »

Media Requests:

Related Subjects

Harvard University Press has partnered with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all in-copyright HUP books that had become unavailable since their original publication. The 2,800 titles in the “e-ditions” program can be purchased individually as PDF eBooks or as hardcover reprint (“print-on-demand”) editions via the “Available from De Gruyter” link above. They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog. More about the E-ditions Program »

John Wild has written this book to present a complete and coherent interpretation of the Platonic theory of man, bringing out its relevance to contemporary issues. His view of Plato as an actual, living man with profound moral convictions about individual and social life, rather than as an abstruse epistemologist, makes it possible to see his fundamental agreement with Aristotle and to integrate him into the classical tradition as a whole.

This is the only book or work which attempts to explain Plato’s theory of human inversions or sophistry in an exhaustive manner, and contains the only extended treatment about Plato’s theory of art.

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Composite photograph showing (top) entrance to the Prudential Center in Boston and (bottom) an internal construction partition/wall printed with the words 'Opening Day 2023' and other decorative text

A New Chapter for Harvard Book Store

Starting in the summer of 2023, for the first time in almost thirty years, Harvard Book Store will have two locations: the flagship store in Harvard Square, and a large new store in the Prudential Center in Boston. For University Press Week we wanted to show some bookseller love, so we reached out to Rachel Cass, General Manager of the Harvard Book Store, to see what’s planned for their exciting new location