Plato And Aristotle 's Views On Plato 's Philosophy

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-INTRO: Plato and Aristotle are two of the most influential Greek philosophers of history. It would be just to say that Plato’s philosophical views were greatly influenced by his mentor, Socrates. Over time, Aristotle found solemn in Plato’s teachings and became his pupil. The philosophical theories that were originally conceived by Socrates passed from Plato, to Aristotle. In a perfect world, it would be nice to entertain the belief that Aristotle’s beliefs resembled his mentor, Plato’s and Plato’s mentor, Socrates. However, this is farthest from the truth.
-SUMMARY OF PLATO GORGIAS: Gorgias is a dialogue text written by Plato, in which Gorgias, a Sicilian philosopher, orator, and rhetorician is in opposition to the beliefs of Plato’s mentor, Socrates. The exchanged begins following Gorgias’s speech at an exhibition. Socrates was offered to question Gorgias for as long as he pleased, for he wanted to “hear from him what is the nature of his art, and what it is which he professes and teaches”. Socrates begins by asking Gorgias what he and rhetoric is, to which he responds in a smooth, sophisticated manner, avoiding the questions entirely. He referred to rhetoric as an art. Although Gorgias avidly practiced rhetoric, he was not compelling when answering Socrates’s questions. Instead, he provided short responses. Socrates did not view rhetoric as an art. However, he was utilizing this ‘art’ when asking Gorgias questions. His mission was to persuade the speakers at this…
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