Plato

Timeframe 428-347 BC
School of Thought Classical Greek
Life
  1. Athenian philosopher
  2. Noble family
  3. Involved in politics
  4. Founded the Academy (believed to be the first University
Main Interest Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Politics and Aesthetic
Philosophy The Theory of the Forms

  • Forms are both universals and perfect paradigms

Immortality of the Soul

  • The soul is divided into three parts (reason, emotion and desires)

Political Theory (Authoritarian/Totalitarian)

  • The ideal state is an Authoritarian (or Totalitarian) state
  • Only those who know what is good is fit to rule (philosophers kings)
  • Against democracy (no connection between individual liberty and happiness)
  • The ideal state may be attainable but not sustainable
Major Works
  1. Apology
  2. The Republic (12 books)
  3. The Laws (12 books)
Influence
  • Student of Socrates
  • Teacher of Plato
Famous Quote God ever geometrizes
Comments
3 Responses to “Plato”
  1. Doraz says:

    Immortality of the Soul

    *
    The soul is divided into three parts (reason, emotion and desires)

    I love this one!
    So true!

  2. Doraz says:

    I like it!
    Thanks!

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