Plato (Plátōn, "broad"; 424/423 BC – 348/347 BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.
Plato's sophistication as a writer is evident in his Socratic dialogues; thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters have been ascribed to him. Plato's writings have been published in several fashions; this has led to several conventions regarding the naming and referencing of Plato's... more »
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''Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.''Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 498 E....
The democratic youth ... lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practising gymnas...Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 8, sct. 561 c-d, trans. by Benjamin Jowett.
''To begin with the wine jar in learning the potter's art.''Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 514 C....
''I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.''Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. The Republic, bk. 7, sct. 531e, trans. by Benjamin Jowett (1894).
''To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils.''Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Gorgias, 522 E....
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