Justice In Book I Of The Republic

The Republic of Plato begins in a similar fashion that many other Platonic dialogues begin, with that of a question. The conversation between Socrates and the aged Cephalus becomes a philosophical discussion of what advantages money has brought to Cephalus’ life. Cephalus replies that money has allowed him “to tell the truth and pay one’s … Read more

Plato And Conservative Christians

The views of Plato back in Ancient Greece and that of conservative Christians today about education for children have surprisingly similar views. Plato thought it to be most beneficial for children, if their learning consisted of music and poetry to shape the soul, and of physical training to shape the body. However, only stories that … Read more

Plato’s Symposium – The Beauty of Love

According to Plato’s Symposium, Love and philosophy are synonymous with one another. Love is the pursuit of beauty and since wisdom is beautiful, the pursuit of love is actually the pursuit of philosophy. The love, as discussed by the characters in the Symposium, is homosexual love because some people at the time believed that homosexuality … Read more

Aristocles (later known as Plato)

In 428 B. C. Aristocles (later known as Plato) was born in Athens. He was born on the island of Aegina, which lies just twelve miles off shore from Athens in the Saronic Gulf (Havelock 3). Aristocles was born into a great political family (Friedlander 14). His father being the descendant of Codrus, the last … Read more

Platos Phaedo

Platos Phaedo is a dialog between Phaedo, Cebes, and Simmias depicting Socrates explanation as to why death should not be feared by a true philosopher. For if a person truly applies oneself in the right way to philosophy, as the pursuit of ultimate truth, they are preparing themselves for the very act of dying. Plato, … Read more

Plato Essay Examples

By Michael McDaniel Plato was the best known of all the great Greek philosophers. Platos original name was Aristocles, but in his school days he was nicknamed Platon (meaning broad) because of his broad shoulders. Born in Athens circa B.C. 427, Plato saught out political status. But during the Athenian democracy, he did not activly … Read more

Plato And Aristotle

Plato And Aristotle Plato, a Greek philosopher was among the most important and creative thinkers of the ancient world. He was born in Athens in 428 BC to an aristocratic and well-off family. Even as a young child Plato was familiar with political life because hes father, Ariston was the last king of Athens. Ariston … Read more