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Who is Plato?

Posted: October 20, 2017 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

Plato StatueThroughout the entire course of Western civilization, Plato’s influence as a thinker and writer has been greater than that of any other historic figure. Along with Socrates and Aristotle, he laid the foundations of Western culture by providing a brilliant and penetrating account of man’s moral and political character. The force of his philosophy resulted in the establishment of numerous Platonic schools of thought, which, over the centuries, were devoted to different interpretations of philosophy. Plato believed that the highest natural faculty of man was reason, which was sufficient to reveal the intelligibility underlying the sensible and supersensible worlds of appearance and reality, and to provide the means of achieving the good life, individually and politically. Plato’s Academy is generally considered to be Europe’s first university. Attracting students from all parts of the Mediterranean world, it remained in existence for 900 years.

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