Plato Essays

  • Plato

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    Plato (circa 428-c. 347 BC) Plato was born to an aristocratic family in Athens. His father, Ariston, was believed to have descended from the early kings of Athens. Perictione, his mother, was distantly related to the 6th- century BC lawmaker Solon. When Plato was a child, his father died, and his mother married Pyrilampes, who was an associate of the statesman Pericles. As a young man Plato had political ambitions, but he became disillusioned by the political leadership in Athens. He eventually became

  • Plato

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    Plato Biography Plato was born in Athens of an aristocratic family. He recounts in the Seventh Letter, which, if genuine, is part of his autobiography, that the spectacle of the politics of his day brought him to the conclusion that only philosophers could be fit to rule. After the death of Socrates in 399, he travelled extensively. During this period he made his first trip to Sicily, with whose internal politics he became much entangled. He visited Sicily at least three times in all and may

  • Plato

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    Plato: The Life of Plato Plato was born around 427 BC, in Athens Greece to rich and politically involved family. Plato's parents spared no expense in educating him; he was taught at the finest schools. He was taught by Socrates and defended Socrates when he was on trial. Plato traveled to Italy and may have even visited Egypt before founding The Academy. 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

  • Plato

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    any jealousy of anything. And because he was free from jealousy, he desired all things to be as much like himself as they could possibly be” (Pittenger 101). Plato was a famous philosopher. His affect the world was great. Many things that people have been wondering about for years, such as life’s questions, were first written by Plato in his different writings and dialogues. In his writings, he tried to answer things such as the meaning of life, what the world is truly like, or things

  • Plato

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    In 428 B.C. Aristocles (later known as Plato) was born in Athens. He was born on the island of Aegina, which lies just twelve miles off shore from Athens in the Saronic Gulf (Havelock 3). Aristocles was born into a great political family (Friedlander 14). His father being the descendant of Codrus, the last king of Athens, and his mother was descendant from the great Athenian law maker Solon (Friedlander 15). Like most adolescent children his ambitions were far from anything his parents had ever done

  • Plato

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    that his real name was Aristocles, with "Plato" (meaning "the broad") being a nickname given to him because of his wrestler's physique. He served in the last years of the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, and after democracy was restored in Athens in 403 BC he hoped to enter politics. However, the realities of political life as well as the execution of his mentor Socrates in 399 BC drove him to abandon this goal. After the death of Socrates, Plato left Athens and traveled in Italy, Sicily

  • Plato

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    Plato was a philosopher and educator in ancient Greece. He was one of the most important thinkers and writers in the history of Western culture. Plato was born in Athens into a family that was one of the oldest and most distinguished in the city. His father Ariston died when Plato was only a child. The name Plato was a nickname meaning broad shoulders. Plato's real name was Aristocles. Plato had aspirations of becoming a politician, however these hopes were destroyed when his friend Socrates was

  • Plato

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    The great philosopher, Plato, wrote two specific dialogues; the book Timaeus and the book Critias. Plato was a professional teacher who valued intelligence immensely. Plato founded the first Philosophical Academy in Athens in the early fourth century BC. He devoted his life to philosophy and the teachings of his friend Socrates. Plato learned from Socrates and passed on his knowledge to his students. After his friend's sudden death, Plato became dissatisfied with the government in Athens. He filtered

  • Plato

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    By Adilkhan Tuleubayev Drawing from Book VI of the Republic (pp. 154-160), Plato used the Allegory of the Cave (Book VII, pp. 160-161) as an ultimate example to illustrate the importance of the good discussed before and to eloquently conclude his line of thought. Although he never exactly said what the Good was, his representation of its functions and existence adequately compensated for this minor shortcoming. The following essay aims to analyze the passage by synthesizing its main ideas and incorporating

  • Plato

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    Socrates' ideal city is described through Plato in his work The Republic, some questions pondered through the text could be; How is this an "ideal" city formed, and is justice in the city relative to that of the human soul? I believe Socrates found the true meaning of justice in the larger atmosphere of the city and applied that concept to the human soul. Socrates describes his idea of an "ideal city" as one that has all the necessary parts to function and to show that justice is truly the harmony

  • Plato

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    Plato was a philosopher in the time of the distinguished Greek philosophers. He wrote a book entitled The Republic in which he explains some of his philosophy on subjects ranging from education to government. Plato constructed a model by which he proposed all governments evolve. He called it the Five Stages of Government. He suggested that there are five forms of government, which evolve out of one another; Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Tyranny, and Aristocracy. A Timocracy is a government of

  • The Difference Between Plato And Plato

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    became known as philosophy. This form of thinking became popular in the Greek city-states such as Athens. Philosophy was early scholar’s way of understanding life and how it worked. Plato is a famous philosopher, born in 429 B.C., who was passionate about finding logic, instead of blaming events on the Greek gods (Plato, Wikipedia). Almost 700 years later, in 354 A.D. another phenomenal philosopher,

  • Plato

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    One should not fear death because the lack of knowledge of death’s benefits or ill effects. In the book Apology, Socrates argues how fearing death is equivalent to being ignorant. First, Socrates points out that nobody knows whether death is beneficial or not. The next point he makes is that to fear death is to think one knows that death is a bad thing when they really have no idea if death is a bad thing, therefore one is ignorant. Socrates then states that one should not be ignorant. The two

  • PLato

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    The focus of Socrates at this time in Plato’s Republic is of the ideal city and how it can be traced to the human soul. Socrates believes that the city he has proposed to the other men is perfect in itself. He says that this city possesses four virtues which are the base for the city being perfect. These are the virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation and lastly but most importantly is the virtue of justice. He breaks down the city into classes and he says how each man within the city is responsible

  • Plato And Feminism

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    I have hence suggested that it is possible Plato has relied on the entailment between these two terms; if rationality was innate to Kallipolis, there is reason to believe that Plato understood that the obliged role in the state is exactly what his rational citizens would have chosen autonomously, thus the argument against his being a feminist for the lack of attention on autonomy is incomplete. Having pointed this out, however, it remains true that Plato has never explicitly posed an argument for

  • Plato and Aristotle

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    Plato and Aristotle Plato and Aristotle have two distinct views on wellness. However, each man’s opinion on wellness is directly tied in to his respective opinions on the idea of imitation as a form of knowledge. Their appreciation or lack thereof for tragedy is in fact directly correlated to their own perspective on wellness and emotion. Firstly, it is important to consider each man’s view of wellness—that is how does each man go about addressing emotional stability. One important consideration

  • Platos "The Symposium"

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    In Greek culture around the time of Plato, the perfect ideal person was considered. Plato’s idea that there was a perfect world of ideas affected this pieces subject and the subject’s action. Many works of his time period were sculptures that were meant to be viewed from all angles, attempting to be a closer match to that of the ideal. This idea that the ideal world was real and what matter not the physical also effect the actions depicted in many works of this time period. Most of the works are

  • The Ambiguity of Plato

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    The Ambiguity of Plato For hundreds of years, Plato has been admired as a writer, a master rhetorician, an artist, and above all, a philosopher; however, Plato's backlashes against sophistry and art have led to much confusion concerning his ideas and beliefs. John Poulakos says of Plato, "[F]or most rhetoricians Plato has always played the same role he assigned to the sophists--the enemy" (Nienkamp 1). Plato will always appear to be the skilled rhetorician or artist who speaks out against rhetoric

  • Machiavelli And Plato

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    essential to analyse his version of political structure to establish a possible bias. It would also be beneficial to discuss and compare another philosopher’s account to the nature of politics, and in this instance I have chosen the works of Plato in particular The Republic, establishing a comparison to define whom has the more convincing argument and why? Machiavelli lived amidst a deteriorating, corrupt, totalitarian, 16th Century political infrastructure when The Prince was composed. It’s

  • Plato Beauty

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    Based on Socrates’ account of the lesson he received from Diotima in The Symposium, Plato sees the pursuit of beauty as form as the best path to eudaimonia. Knowledge of impending death causes human beings exhibit all sorts of irrational and destructive behavior, mostly unconscious, in an effort to attain immortality through deeds and legacy building. Instead of pursuing the form of Beauty, we instead chase after lower forms that are mere reflections or poor substitutes for the source. As a result