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Plato
Plato (428-348 BCE) was a philosopher and mathematician in ancient Greece. A student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, his Academy was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely regarded as the father of modern philosophy. show more



Plato (428-348 BCE) was a philosopher and mathematician in ancient Greece. A student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, his Academy was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely regarded as the father of modern philosophy.

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Birth date: 0428-02-29
Died: 0348-04-22
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
(Original Review, 2003-03-02)The problem for me is that philosophy is surely about ideas which are themselves constructed out of language. Dinosaurs, or evidence for them in the fossil record, are not linguistic constructs - but philosophical ideas would seem to be. If you're into stuff like thi...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
(Original Review, 2015-08-20)I must first admit that I know nothing about philosophy and therefore attempting a review of a book of this magnitude makes me approach it with a certain degree of trepidation. But reviews are free so why not take the plunge and as it interests me how we live within this...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
(Original Review, 2000-12-02)I'm not trying to do much more than suggest Plato isn't starting from a blank sheet but from huge trauma: the death of a way of life that produced his great teacher, Socrates, but at the same time, killed him. The jurors who vote to put Socrates to death, after listening...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
(Original Review, 2004-12-02)There was no other sphere in which to be popular: Socrates places himself right at the heart of Athenian politics, that's the point of being Socrates. He attracts pupils and supporters who will play a decisive role in the unfolding tragedy which results in the downfall o...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
(Original Review, 2002-06-25)I've always wondered whether a thesis can only be supported by reason. Is that self-evident or can we find a reason for it?Plato actually faces and tries to answer similar challenge in “Theaetetus” when he is discussing the nature of knowledge with Protagoras who is a re...
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