Plato 's Life And Accomplishments

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Plato, a Greek philosopher, was born in Athens, in 428 B.C. under the name Aristoles. In his youth, he was a wrestler, that’s how he got the name ‘Plato’, that was his ring name. Plato means broad or flat, his shoulder were broad and his forehead was flat. He won a few trophies for wrestling but never made it to the Olympics at Olympia. He later change more toward the arts, and he wrote plays, and poetry, but in never won in any of his writing competitions. “Having failed to win an Olympic gold, or carry off the ancient Greek equivalent of the Noble Prize, Plato was almost resigned to becoming a mere statesman” (Strathern, 1996, p 16). When he was in his late teens or early twenties he heard Socrates teaching, he was so impressed with his teachings that changed his plans to pursue a literary career as a playwright; he destroyed his early work and devoted himself to philosophy. Plato studied philosophy, which means “love of wisdom” under the guidance of Socrates for the next nine years. Socrates taught by a conversational method, analyzing everything, which was known as dialectic. Socrates had his students find logic in most of their topics, and then dissect the whole conversation for strong points and weakness. They attempted to separate appearance from reality. Socrates greatest arguments were about justice. He believed since philosophers knew the truth and they have relevant practical knowledge by which to rule. He stated, that they hate lies, they are moderate,…

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