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Reviews of Jerry’s Books

Valerie Pellegrini, Ph.D. LMHC

Two books you have written, The Platonic Bible and Profound Charm of Plato remain my most treasured source of information, insight and wisdom. As a fellow Platonist my communication with your exceptionl work always enlightens the path to my mentor Plato. Thank you so much. We spoke once on the telephone some time ago. I still give lectures on Plato Lives, and The Relevance of Plato’s Cosmology. Every supbject I lecture on, wheater it is the mystery of consciousness – psychology, – politics, quantum Physics, etc. every venture and quest has it’s foundation in what Plato has offered this world. From one Platonist to another, my best wishes are with you always. Valerie Pellegrini Ph.D., LMHC


Profound Charm of Plato

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THE PROFOUND CHARM OF PLATO: A DEFENSE OF HIS GREATNESS is a book that tries to fulfill the phrase, “honor to whom honor is due”. In the course of historical studies it is always a necessary activity to cross examine the value of the works of our predecessors so that we are not bogged down by blindly following a heritage that is either no longer relevant, and therefore a hindrance to our progress in both thought and activity, or is based on assumptions that are truly false and misleading. This is true for all men and women, even great men and women, in the past who have established themselves in our culture so firmly that they are icons to us, but, in reality, may be false idols. Some of the critics of Plato in the past few decades have been excessively and unfairly critical of Plato in their pursuits to destroy such icons. This book by Dr. Jerry Dell Ehrlich defends the high honor in which Plato has been held throughout the ages, as he answers the questions and criticisms put forth in the last half century against Plato’s idealistic teachings. He finds much of the criticism to be based on a misinterpretation of Plato’s Laws which he endeavors to correct. He also discusses the history of such criticism of Plato throughout the ages, and how Plato’s lofty and beautiful thoughts have survived such criticisms. The great value of Plato and his influence on the West can be seen in the statements of two men:

Ralph Waldo Emerson of the 19th Century and Alfred North Whitehead of the 20th Century.


Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Without Plato we should almost lose our faith in the possibility of a reasonable book …. The Bible (Plato’s works) of the learned for twenty-two hundred years … Plato is philosophy and philosophy, Plato.” (Representative Men)


Alfred North Whitehead: “The safest general characterization of European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” (Process and Reality)



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