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Edition: The Easton Press
Date of issue: 1980

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The Greek thinker Plato wrote virtually all his philosophical works in the form of dialogs, with Socrates usually cast as the chief participant. Socrates, born in Athens about 470B.C., was actually Plato's teacher. He left no writings of his own, but so impressed his most renowned pupil that Socrates' personality and doctrines are known to us almost entirely through the Platonic dialogs, meagerly supplemented by the Memorabilia of Xenophon. Yet not even in those sources do the scholars place complete faith. In the first place, as both Plato and Xenophon were forty-five years younger than Socrates, who died in 399, they knew him only in his middle and old age. Secondly, Xenophon's acquaintance was not close, nor was his intellect sufficient to make him a good interpreter of a philosophical genius. And finally, much of what Plato puts into Socrates' moth is probably Plato's original thinking.

It is because of the beauty of Plato's style, as well as the depth and range of his thought, that the dialogs are considered masterpieces of literature. They cover a vast range of subjects, in which the primary stress is on the relation between idea, appearance, and reality. The supreme Idea, according to Plato, is the Idea of the Good; he postulates a world of order, all disorder being evil.

In The Republic--the greatest and the second longest of his works--Socrates declares that before justice can be found in the individual, it must be sought in the state. The book then proceeds to work out Plato's conception of the ideal state. And in the course of the dialog Plato gives Occidental man a picture of his true self, just as his contemporary Confucius was doing for Oriental man.

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Plato is a Classical Greek philosopher, 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 is one of the most important Western philosophers, exerting influence on virtually every figure in philosophy after him. His dialogue The Republic is known as the first comprehensive work on political philosophy. Plato also contributed foundationally to ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. His student, Aristotle, is also an extremely influential philosopher and the tutor of Alexander the Great of Macedonia.


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