M.F. Burnyeat is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at All Souls College, Oxford. He is the author of The Theaetetus of Plato and A Map of Metaphysics Zeta. (November 2001)


Philosophy for Winners

The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

by Anthony Gottlieb
In the winter of 46 BC, Cato of Utica knew that the Roman Republic was finished. Julius Caesar had won the civil war and was on his way to capture him. Cato, a prominent Stoic, resolved on suicide—in Stoic parlance, a “reasonable exit.” Others would live on as best they …

Cracking the Socrates Case

The Trial of Socrates

by I.F. Stone
When one legend writes about another, the result is bound to be explosive. One could read I.F. Stone’s book as the most intemperate attack on Socrates since he was tried and found guilty in 399 BC. Some already have read the book that way, calling Stone a “cultural philistine.” A …

Sphinx Without a Secret

Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy

by Leo Strauss, with an introduction by Thomas L. Pangle
“Wishing neither to be destroyed nor to bring destruction among the multitude, the considerate few have imperturbably conveyed to their readers an eloquence of articulate silences and pregnant indications.” This extraordinary sentence was written not by Leo Strauss but to introduce a book honoring him. It perfectly expresses the substance, …