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Plato

Plato was one of the early stars of Western philosophy. The son of an aristocrat, he studied under the great Greek thinker, Socrates. After years of travel and study, Plato founded the Academy in his …

Plato

His original name was Aristocles, but he was called Platon from the great breadth of his shoulders. The German Plato. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819). The Jewish Plato. Philo Judaeus…

Plato and the Bees

When Plato was an infant, some bees settled on his lips when he was asleep, indicating that he would become famous for his honeyed words. The same is said of Sophocles, Pindar, St. Ambrose,…

Dana Plato

Dana PlatoAge: 34 actress who won childhood fame as Kimberly Drummond on the popular 1980s TV show Diff'rent Strokes. Her highly publicized run-ins with the law kept her name in the news for y…

Plato's Year

A revolution of 25,000 years, in which period the stars and constellations return to their former places in respect to the equinoxes. Cut out more work than can be done In Plato's year, but…

Amicus Plato, sed magis amica Veritas

(Plato I love, but I love Truth more) A noble dictum attributed to Aristotle, but certainly a very free translation of a phrase in the Nicomachean Ethics (“Where both are friends, it …

Aristotle

Aristotle is one of the "big three" in ancient Greek philosophy, along with Plato and Socrates. (Socrates taught Plato, who in turn instructed Aristotle.) Aristotle is known for his carefully detailed…

Theophrastus

Theophrastus was a philosopher of Greek antiquity whose writings on the classification of plants started the science of botany. He probably studied under Plato; he was certainly a student and close a…

Socrates

Socrates is the ancient Greek thinker who laid the early foundations for Western philosophical thought. His "Socratic Method" involved asking probing questions in a give-and-take which would eventuall…

Heraclitus

Heraclitus (sometimes Heracleitus) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher whose obscure brand of metaphysics has been boiled down to the tidy maxim "you can never step in the same river twice." He is kn…