Cratylus (Google eBook)

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Arc Manor LLC, Oct 1, 2008 - Philosophy - 152 pages
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PLATO (428/427 bc 348/347 bc), was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the western world.
  

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User Review  - Zach Vowles - Goodreads

It was very clever, and I learned a bit from it. However, I found myself getting a bit bored with it towards the end. Great from a linguistic point of view though. Read full review

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User Review  - Tamsyn - Goodreads

In a nutshell, this dialogue addresses the question "What's in a name?", but rather than romantic-mooning-over-a-forbidden-love a la Mr Shakespeare, Plato prefers to have Socrates poke fun at the ... Read full review

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Plato was born c. 427 B.C. in Athens, Greece, to an aristocratic family very much involved in political government. Pericles, famous ruler of Athens during its golden age, was Plato's stepfather. Plato was well educated and studied under Socrates, with whom he developed a close friendship. When Socrates was publically executed in 399 B.C., Plato finally distanced himself from a career in Athenian politics, instead becoming one of the greatest philosophers of Western civilization. Plato extended Socrates's inquiries to his students, one of the most famous being Aristotle. Plato's The Republic is an enduring work, discussing justice, the importance of education, and the qualities needed for rulers to succeed. Plato felt governors must be philosophers so they may govern wisely and effectively. Plato founded the Academy, an educational institution dedicated to pursuing philosophic truth. The Academy lasted well into the 6th century A.D., and is the model for all western universities. Its formation is along the lines Plato laid out in The Republic. Many of Plato's essays and writings survive to this day. Plato died in 347 B.C. at the age of 80.

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