Plato 's Philosophy And Philosophy

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Plato, a Greek philosopher, was born around 423 to 428 BC, and died around 347 or 348 BC, at the age of eighty. He was a great philosopher, taught by Socrates. His dialogues have been used to teach many subjects, consisting of logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion, and mathematics, as well as philosophy. Plato was born between 429 and 423 BC, in either Athens or Aegina. At some point during his childhood, his father died, but the date is unknown. He was named Aristocles after his grandfather, but his wrestling coach named him Platon, meaning “broad,” because of his robust figure. As a child, his father, Ariston, wanted him to have a good education, so it is likely he was taught in grammar, music, gymnastics and philosophy by some of the most well-known teachers during this time. Before meeting Socrates, he was influenced by Cratylus and the Heraclitean doctrines. Plato was influenced by many people, two among them being Pythagoras and Socrates. Pythagoras was an important influence on him, as was Socrates. The idea that mathematics and abstract thinking is a fixed basis for philosophical thinking was taken from Pythagoras by him. In his Apology of Socrates, Plato made it clear that he was a devoted follower of Socrates when he was young. In that dialogue, he is mentioned by name by Socrates as one of the youths close enough to him to be corrupted, if his teachings really did corrupt the youth. He is also mentioned, along with others, as offering to pay a fine for the good of…
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