“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato
Born : 427/428 B.C.E. , Athens, Greece
Died : 348/347 B.C.E. , Athens, Greece
Plato was an ancient Greece philosopher regarded as a key figure in the development of philosophy in the Western tradition. He worked on broad spectrum of subjects and is considered as a magnate in the field of philosophy.
7 amazing and interesting facts about Plato, a philosopher –
Contribution to Education
Plato was the founder of the Academy in Athens. It became the first higher learning centre in the Western world. He became a core figure in Western mathematics, science, and philosophy. He is also known to be one of the founders of Western religion and spirituality.
His Works Still Remains
We always hear of lost records of a popular figure who contributed one way or the other to the development of the world. But this cannot be said of Plato. For over 2,400 years of his death, Plato’s work remains intact.
Student of Socrates
Plato was the tutored by the great philosopher, Socrates. Plato got close to when he was young and this influenced his future works. It is worth to mention that Plato tutored Aristotle, another great philosopher.
Plato was His Nickname
Most of his childhood life and education is unknown. However, according to legends, the name Plato was just his nickname. It is believed that his real name was Aristocles and he was named after his grandfather. It was normal for children to be named after their grandfather at that time.
Plato had the best form of education. This was because he was from an influential family and was easier for him to receive a quality education. He studied philosophies of Pythagoras and Parmenides, which influence his works.
Plato believed in the immortality of the soul. Most of his dialogues were based on this idea and he usually imagined the afterlife. He also had a different opinion on nature and customs and the body and soul.
Plato is best known for his work, The Republic. It is also seen as one of his greatest work ever. He used the method of questioning known as the Socratic Method to explain Socrates description of an Ideal state.
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