Plato: The World's Greatest Philosopher Of All Man

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Plato or his birth name Aristocles, is the world 's greatest philosopher known to man. He had a very unique way of perceiving life and people. Plato 's work, findings, and his way of thinking is the reason why I think he is the greatest philosopher of all time. Because of him, I have broadened my horizons and started to look at life and philosophy in a whole new light. He has contributed so much to philosophy from finding the world 's first university to his studies on epistemology, ethics, and a variety of different subjects. His work has inspired a variety of other great philosophers, such as Aristotle and David Hume. Plato paved the way for how we do philosophy and what philosophy is really about. His work extends to every area of philosophy …show more content…
The majority of Plato 's works are written as dialogues. He has about 41 dialogues, 13 letters, and a book of definitions. His theories and views about a variety of different subjects have paved the way for how not only myself, but also how other people view and have viewed philosophy. "From the teachings of Socrates and his own experiences, Plato developed important theories about government, ethics, love, beauty, and even reality." (Whiting, 2007) In his work Republic is a story called the Myth of the Cave and in this story he presents a theory concerning human perception and the lack of education. Plato claims that our knowledge gained through the senses is just an opinion and the only way to gain real knowledge is through philosophical reasoning. In this parable he makes the distinction between those who make the mistake in believing sensory knowledge and those who can actually see the truth. The cave represents the sensory world in which people believe what is presented to them, meaning that they believe that knowledge comes from what they see and what they hear. This is known as empirical evidence and the prisoners in the cave are trapped in a "cave" of misunderstanding. The shadows represent the knowledge and beliefs we …show more content…
Individual entities around us come and go, but the ideal forms are everlasting and indestructible." (Velasquez, 1999, p. 154) This is known as Plato 's Theory of Forms. He believed that non-physical forms are the most accurate reality. Plato 's conception of forms is that there are only two levels of reality that exist; the visible world of sights and sounds that we inhabit and the intelligible world of forms that stands above the visible world and gives it being. The Theory of Forms is Plato 's attempt to acquire our capacity for abstract thought. In Republic and many other dialogues, Plato argued that the human experience was limited and deceptive and that the real truth comes from the world of ideas. This concept has inspired numerous philosophers. Plato 's work on epistemology is an essential contribution to philosophy that he has made. Epistemology is the study of knowledge or how we come to know things. Plato believed that knowledge and education is the most important aspect of life and to running an ideal state. Aside from his dialogues and findings, Plato also contributed to philosophy by finding

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