His brothers are Glauson and Adeimantus, and h... ... middle of paper ... ... (Pittenger 6). Plato is best known as the author of philosophical works (“Plato” Discus). Throughout his entire life, Plato was a huge influence in philosophy and development of the world (“Plato” Gale). Life without any of Plato’s discoveries would be very different. There would probably not be any types of writings like his on philosophy, the major three influencers would only be the two, and there wouldn’t be an Academy for people to go to and learn.
Comparing Plato and Socrates Plato was among the most important and creative thinkers of the ancient world. He was born in Athens in 428 BC to an aristocratic and well-off family. Even as a young child Plato was familiar with political life because his father, Ariston was the last king of Athens. Ariston died when Plato was a young boy. However, the excessive Athenian political life, which was under the oligarchical rule of the Thirty Tyrants and the restored democracy, seem to have forced him to give up any ambitions of political life.
After Socrates’ death Plato, horrified, left Athens only to return in 387 BCE to found the Academy. The Academy was the first permanent institution in Western civilization and was mainly focused on mathematics, law and political theory. Twenty years later Plato was invited to Sicily in 368 BCE where he was asked to put his political theories into action by turning Syracuse into a model kingdom. Plato failed and by 366 BCE he was back in Athens. Where, besides another unsuccessful trip to Syracuse in 362 BCE, he spent the rest of his life, teaching and writing, until his death.
Plato also visited Sicily and instructed a young king there before returning to The Academy to teach for twenty years before his death in 347 BC at the age of eighty. Growing up Plato would have gone to best schools the area had to offer; his parents were rich there were no limitations to what they could afford. Plato was taught by the best teachers available and was a very skillful student. Like the majority of boys in ancient Greece Plato was taught to wrestle and fight and in both activities Plato excelled. Poems were also an activity Plato enjoyed; he wrote them quite often, unfortunately none of them survived because when Plato began studying under Socrates he burned all of the poems he had written to devote himself to philosophy.
Plato's Seventh Letter, the only one in the collection of 13 considered accurate, perhaps even from the hand of Plato himself, recounts his role in the events surrounding the death of Dion, who in 357 B.C. entered Syracuse and overthrew Dionysius. It is of more interest, however, for Plato's statement that the deepest truths may not be communicated. Plato died in 347 B.C., the founder of an important philosophical school, which existed for almost 1,000 years, and the most brilliant of Socrates's many pupils and followers. His system attracted many followers in the centuries after his death and resurfaced as Neoplatonism, the great rival of early Christianity.
The Sun of Knowledge: Platonic Epistemology as Discussed in The Republic The history of philosophy can be viewed as the result of the work of an obscure Athenian whose voluminous works, penetrating questions, novel ideas, and didactic teachings have shaped the flow of nearly all philosophic thought. It has been said that the influence of the ancient Greek philosopher named Plato has laid the foundation for Western culture. Plato was born to an aristocratic family in Athens in 428/427 B.C. As a young man, Plato studied poetry, but later under the tutelage of the famed Socrates, turned to philosophy, who introduced him to the ethical importance of the pursuit of wisdom. Plato was also influenced by the writings of pre-Socratic thinkers Pythagoras and Parmenides in the areas of mathematics, metaphysics, and epistemology.
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.
Plato’s work is argueably the most popular and influential of it’s kind ever published. His most popular work are transcripts, or dialogues between the great Socrates and himself. These dialogues are the basis of our general knowlege between Socrates’ views and Plato’s views. Plato was much like Socrates, in that he was mostly interested in moral philosophy and overlooked science [natural philosophy]. He considered the natural science as an inferior knowledge, not worthy of his time.
Socrates never charged money for his teachings (Carr 1). Around his forties he began to think about the world around hi... ... middle of paper ... ...let go. That was the end of the great Socrates. Socrates was the first of the three greatest philosophers in the world. He may be dead but his knowledge will never be forgotten.
Because it was on the grounds that had once belonged to a legendary Greek called Academus, it came to be called the Academy, and this term has been d for schools ever since. Plato remained at the Academy for the rest of his life, except for two brief periods in the 360s. At that time he visited Syracuse, the chief city of Sicily, to serve as tutor for the new king, Dionysus II. Here was his chance to make a king a philosopher. It turned out very badly.