Plato 's Philosophy And Philosophy

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Plato was an ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Socrates, mentor of Aristotle and founder of the Academy, most famous for his philosophical works that played a major role in laying the foundations of Western philosophy. Plato’s work is a source of inestimable value since Socrates did not leave any material record behind but some of his ideas were put down by his mentee, Plato. However, Plato added a handful of his own philosophy and it is a difficult challenge for historians to ascertain who the original ‘father’ of these ideas was or to what extent they exchanged concepts and viewpoints.
The Republic, one of the first written works in political theory and the entire collection of human philosophy, possess special importance, as 2500 years after its creation it is still a remarkable piece of work in the field of political theory and philosophy. The circumstances of its origins are not entirely clear; it might be exclusively Plato’s own ideas or only a record of his master, Socrates’ philosophy. The Republic is a highly influential collection of ideas about – among others – justice, good and the just state described by Aristophanes in his play, The Birds as the Cloud Cuckoo Land .
Throughout the ten Books, the writer makes an attempt to find out to what extent and why is the just man happier than the unjust and also builds an imaginary city state that is ruled and controlled by philosopher kings, the most qualified and competent leaders; describing the development of the…
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