Plato - Athenian Philosopher

Plato, Athenian philosopher
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Plato was an Athenian philosopher who lived in Athens Greece, and is said to have to lived from 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC. In the ancient times of then Athens his works led to the conceptualizing of various religion. Plato works gave rise to several religions like Neoplatonism. He was mainly influenced by Socrates. Therefore many of his philosophies and ideas were inspired from Socrates. He was Above all he is majorly remembered for his works in political philosophy. 

EARLY LIFE OF PLATO

The early life of Plato is not known much. He is said to have come from an influencial family. His father, Ariston is said to be descendent of the king of Athens, his mother Perictione came from an influential family who boasted of having connection with a famous lawmaker Solon. Many scholars believe that he was born in Athens, between 429 and 423 bc .

EDUCATION OF PLATO 

Plato is described as a modest child with remarkable intelligence. Speusippus, one of the nephews of Plato is said to have praised Plato for his presence of mind. Plato belonged to a very high profile family. Therefore he must have been taught by the best teachers of his time. He was also a wrestler and is said to have performed in the Isthmian games. Plato is said to have taken lessons in philosophy from great teachers. After that he met Socrates and became his follower. In that era along with Socrates, he played a pivotal figure. 

 



CONTRIBUTIONS OF PLATO

Plato has contributed significantly in philosophy and many other areas.  He is the prime founder of platonism. In his lifetime he has professed many philosophies like the theory that the world we live in is not the real world as it is changing, there is another world which is constant and real. He has also talked about the existence of soul in our body which is immortal. Plato also states from Socrates‘s idea that Knowledge is a matter of recollection of state before one is born. He has also given lessons on ethics and politics.

THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM PLATO

Plato is one of the greatest teachers of ancient Greece. He is said to be the teacher of Aristotle. He is from a wealthy high profile family and also has keen intellect. However, he is modest and not arrogant. Instead of enjoying the comfort and luxury within his family, he decides to take himself out of the comfort zone and improve his surrounding. He sets up school in order to improve the mindset of people. He is brave enough to take steps in the right direction.

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