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.
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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.
Philosophy Midterm Paper “Two Kinds of Metaphysics” Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy concerned with revealing the theoretical nature of being and the world that envelops it. The word “metaphysics” derives itself from the two Greek words μετά (metá) which means beyond, and the word φυσικά (physiká) meaning physics. This branch of philosophy began when ancient philosophers questioned what was beyond physics, concepts such as being, knowing, cause, time, substance, and space where questioned. Two Ancient Greek philosophers who had the most impactful views on metaphysics, furthermore helping shape the future for western philosophy were Plato, and Aristotle. Although Plato taught Aristotle in an academy in Athens they have very diverse views on many metaphysical principles.
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