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  • Plato And His Ideal State
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    One of the most influential minds in western philosophy is that of Plato. Plato lived from 422-347 B. C, was born into an aristocratic family in the city of Athens. He was a student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle. Plato followed the basic ideas of Socrates, in which no laws are to be broken despite their relevance. He makes clear why laws should be followed and why disobedience to the law is rarely justified. Plato wrote a book called The Republic. It contains ideas about a society and c...
  • Two Different Ways By Plato And Madison
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    Elites: Elites not masses, govern all societies, but in whose interests do they serve. Elites are inevitable in all societies According to both Madison and Plato, factions will inevitably occur within society, the way to address this is viewed in two different ways by Plato and Madison. Plato sees within society an inherent flaw of two cities, a city of the rich and a city of the poor. He rejects oligarchy, the rule of few over many, because he believes that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" ...
  • Plato's Ideas On Censorship
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    In Plato's Republic, he tries to develop a utopia for mankind. He utilizes conversation amongst people within in his book as a vehicle for larger and more serious topics to be discussed. One of the most important propositions made in these discussions is when Socrates and Glaucon are deliberating on the issue of censorship and its necessity in the beginning of "Book". Plato leads me to believe that censorship is a necessary evil that must exist to protect the city as a whole. The question arises...
  • Plato's Ideas Of Society
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    The Republic by Plato Throughout history, Plato has been conceived as one of the greatest philosophers of all time. His many theories have made us delve deep into our minds for new knowledge and understanding. He is looked up to by many all over the world in present day as well as in history. However, not even Plato is perfect. It is believed by many that there are faults with some aspects of his society. Many believe that his idea of a "utopian society" is far-fetched and unattainable. Although...
  • Ideal City For Plato
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    The study of western political thought has endured a drastic change throughout the centuries. This shift occurred through the queries of ancient philosophical minds such as Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and St. Augustine. Two examples of great importance are the inequality of gender and the role of power distributed and issued within the state. Plato believed all people, men and women alike are created equal; this notion runs parallel to our modern day Constitution. He states if we are to set wo...
  • Knowledge Of The Material World
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    Plato was a philosopher who was born in Athens (470-390 BCE), and was also a student of Socrates. He felt that intelligence and one's perception belonged to completely independent realms or real ties. He believed that general concepts of knowledge were predestined, or placed in the soul before birth even occurred in living things. Plato believed that the cosmos was intelligible, and that the universe was mathematically understandable. He believed that mathematical objects could be seen as perfec...
  • Plato's Teachings
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    The great philosopher, Plato, wrote two specific dialogues; the book Timaeus and the book Critics. Plato was a professional teacher who valued intelligence immensely. Plato founded the first Philosophical Academy in Athens in the early fourth century BC. He devoted his life to philosophy and the teachings of his friend Socrates. Plato learned from Socrates and passed on his knowledge to his students. After his friend's sudden death, Plato became dissatisfied with the government in Athens. He fil...
  • Good Moral Leader
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    Confucius and Plato Confucius and Plato are two of the most respected and most widely studied teachers of history. There philosophies of how people should be governed and what characteristics make for a good leader. Both men's ideas are good for the civilizations that they lived in, and they shared many similarities in their ideas. My own ideas of an ideal leader are a mixture of these two men's ideas. The personal experiences of both men also play a key role in how they shape their ideas. The b...
  • Political Organization Of The Greek City States
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    Contemporary Thinkers: Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, AguinasQuestion #1: Please discuss the political organization of the Greek city-states, particularly Athenian democracy at the time of Pericles, Plato, and Aristotle. Also discuss the backgrounds of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and the fate of the Greek city-states historically. During the time of Pericles, Plato, and Aristotle, Greece was divided into city-states with a wide variety of constitutions, ranging from Sparta's military dictatorshi...
  • Aristotle And Plato
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    In ancient Greece two great written philosophers lived. First there was Plato and then Aristotle. Aristotle was a pupil of Plato. Despite being taught by Plato they had different theories and views. Their ethics were very typical and traditional of ancient Greece but Aristotle detailed virtue ethics and the path to happiness. Plato's political theories for a utopian society varied from Aristotle's view of 'best state for each society'. Their metaphysical theories are complete opposites and very ...
  • Search For Truth And Knowledge
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    What is Truth? For thousands of years, mankind has persistently pursued truth, knowledge, and understanding. For most, this pursuit is a driving force which usually doesn't end until one finds a "truth" that is satisfying to him or her. Even then, however, one may choose to look for an alternate truth that may be even more satisfying to them. This pursuit does not always follow the same path for everyone as there are different ideas as to how truth is actually obtained and which is the best way ...
  • Perfect Understanding Of The Forms Plato
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    Plato's notion of the Forms vs. the physical realm is quite and interesting topic. I believe something very similar to what Plato thinks about the Forms and our physical reality. Plato says that there is nothing that is perfect in this reality that we live in. And the Forms are the perfect ideals or thoughts that we are striving to achieve throughout our lives. Plato says it is impossible to reach the Forms in our current reality and that it is only possible to achieve perfect knowledge and trut...
  • Survey About The Possible Existence Of Atlantis
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    Introduction. Atlantis was a continent of the Atlantic Ocean where, according to Plato, an advanced civilization developed some 11,600 years ago. Plato affirms that, as the result of a huge volcanic cataclysm of worldwide extent, this continent sunk away underseas, disappearing forever. Official Science - the one you learn at school - rejects the actual existence of Atlantis, as it has so far been unable to find any traces of its reality. But the reason for that is simple to explain. Everybody h...
  • Plato's The Republic Men And Women
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    Paradoxes are ideas that seem to be in opposition to one another but are mutually needed to function. In Plato's Republic he discusses several paradoxes. While reading The Republic we can see which side of these paradoxes Plato favors. We find which side he feels should be stressed so that we may live in a reasonable and safe society and be better human beings. There are three categories in which these paradoxes have been divided into: ethical, metaphysical and political. Plato was a legendary A...
  • Plato's View Of Justice
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    Plato's interpretation of justice as seen in 'The Republic' is a vastly different one when compared to what we and even the philosophers of his own time are accustomed to. Plato would say justice is the act of carrying out one's duties as he is fitted with. Moreover, if one's duties require one to lie or commit something else that is not traditionally viewed along with justice; that too is considered just by Plato's accounts in 'The Republic. ' I believe Plato's account of justice, and his likel...
  • Aristotle Believes In Personal Happiness
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    Aristotle vs. Plato Excellence is a function which renders excellent the thing of which it is a function is Plato's definition of virtue. What does this definition really mean though? Plato and Aristotle both had their own unique arguments devoted to the topic at hand, and their own ways of describing what virtue really is. Defining virtue may seem to be an easy taste, but to truly understand the arguments behind the definition can prove to be very challenging. Before discussing virtue, the sole...
  • Plato's View Of A Good Person
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    In order to contrast a philosopher's theory of whether human beings are naturally good with a philosopher who does not, we must examine in depth what each philosopher believes is a good human being. The two philosophers I will be comparing are Plato and Aristotle. Neither philosopher believes all people are born naturally good. Plato believes that some humans are born naturally good whereas Aristotle believes humans are born neutral at best. In due course, I will illustrate each philosopher's co...
  • Thing As Certain Truth
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    Sophists believed in the men being the leaders. The men were put first before women. The men needed to be fully educated, mostly men anyway. They had a social contract that was just like the constitution. To vote or get most things approved the government or whoever has to get the consent of the people because they all work together. Plato wrote a book called "The Republican". His teacher was Soc erties and they didn't agree with having faith in man. Everybody says man is the top of the food cha...
  • Lost Continent Of Atlantis
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    Atlantis: Fact or Fiction? Lee Kirkpatrick February 5,199 Outline Thesis Statement: Many world renowned historical philosophers, explorers, and premonitionists have made many credible theories about the lost continent which have historical documentation to make them believable. I. Introduction II. Discoveries World Wide. Plato's Account IV. Atlantis and the Earth's Shifting Crust V. Edgar Cayce VI. Mount Krakatoa VII. Crystal Powers A. Atlantean Culture B. Crystal and its Destruction V. Atlantis...
  • Next Part Of Plato's Perfect Society
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    Plato's Ideal Society To fully understand the social and political thoughts of Plato, it is best to refer to The Republic, which was written by Plato. The book spells out the goal of society as well as a blueprint to follow to obtain this goal. In this book Plato describes a perfect society; one where everyone lives harmoniously and without the fear of violence or material possession. To understand this utopian community we must look at several areas of it separately. The first we will examine i...

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