Plato Was A Great Philosopher

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Plato was a great Greek philosopher that was born 428 B.C.E. in Classical Athens to Ariston and Perictione and died in 348 B.C.E. He is regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of all time of western thought. He was the apprentice of Socrates and went on to mentor a student at his school, Aristotle. He had many great accomplishments such as writing the apology and the republic to even opening The Academy. In the early life of Plato in Classical Athens he was raised with his brothers, Glaucon and Adeimantus, by their parents Ariston and Perictione. Plato grew up in an aristocratic and distinguished family. His father claimed that they descended from the god Poseidon and his mother’s side was related to Solon, a lawgiver. During his young life, he was amongst a few people that were in the inner circle around the philosopher Socrates. Most of what we know about Socrates is told through the writings of Plato. But scholars are unsure of how much of what Plato said about Socrates beliefs are actually Socrates words and what parts are Plato’s interpretation of Socrates words. Therefore, this created the Socratic problem, which is “the term for the situation in the history of scholarship with respect to the existing materia pertaining to the individual known as Socrates which scholars rely upon as the only extant sources for knowing anything at all about this individual, but when compared, show contradictions and do not agree.” Plato was greatly influenced by the life and
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