The other three were Wisdom, Courage and Moderation. The Republic also addressed issues of society such as the role of women and laws which would also be addressed further in a Dialogue known as Laws. (Jowett 313) The Academy Another contribution that Plato made to the world of Philosophy was the very first European center of philosophy known as the Academy. Founded between 388 and389 B.C, Academy is famous for the place where Plato taught, but as a place of education and training, it existed before him. The name Academy was said to be taken from the legendary founder Hekademos.
"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato," claimed Alfred North Whitehead in 1929's Process and Reality. Plato studied under Socrates in Athens, Greece, and showed a deep interest for politics. It wasn't until Socrates death that Plato turned from politics to philosophy. He developed Idealism in opposition to the belief of the Sophists and opened a school in Athens. The Academy was one of the first organized schools in Western Civilization it was here that Plato taught his most famous student, Aristotle.
Philosophy as we understand it is a Greek creation."" Later philosophical traditions have been so influenced by Socrates, one of the most widely known Ancient Greek philosophers, that it is widely accepted to call the period before Socrates, the pre-Socratic philosophy. The periods between this and the time of Alexander the great, are known to be as "Classical Greek" and "Hellenistic" philosophy. (Ancient Greek philosophy) An Ancient Greek philosopher named Plato had his own theory on the meaning of life. Plato was an early and very influential philosopher.
Socrates was an Ancient Greek philosopher who lived from 469-399 B.C. Much of what he knew he learned from another famous Ancient Greek philosopher, Plato. Concerning logic and human behavior in general, “Socrates’ life was inspired by discussion and debate with both the young of Athens and the leading philosophers of his day” (Daintith, Vol. 9 93). He introduced methodical and ordered thinking.
Translated by Thomas G. West and Grace Starry West in Four Texts on Socrates. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. Burkert, Walter. Greek Religion. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985.
Plato founded the Academy in Athens. This was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the Western world. Two significant events played a major role in Plato’s life. The first event was meeting the Greek philosopher Socrates who later became his teacher. Socrates 's methods of dialogue and debate fascinated Plato.
One of the world’s most revered philosophers, Plato, was born in 428 BC. As a young man, Plato, became a devout student of Socrates. Plato quickly adopted Socrates’ teachings and turned his studies toward the question of virtue and noble character. After the execution of his beloved mentor, Plato founded the first English university called the Academy. He wanted thinkers to have a place were they could word toward better government for Greek cities.
A student of Socrates, a major western civilization influence, and an amazing philosopher, Plato was his name and he was one of the most influential persons in history. Plato was born in Greece in 427 BC and grew up in a wealthy and noble family. He became a philosopher when his teacher, and another great philosopher of Greece, Socrates, was tried and executed in 399 BC. Plato wrote a lot about Socrates in his works of ancient Greece. Plato helped form classical education, and we would not have a good basis for education in America and western civilization.
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