Plato 's Philosophy Of Philosophy Essay

2101 Words Dec 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Plato is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy. He is from ancient Greece and is one of the most renown classical Greek philosophers. He was an idealist/ rationalist – “what could be?” Plato is also the founder of the Academy of Athens, which is believed to be the first institution of higher learning in the western world. His philosophy was interested in three areas: platonic epistemology, metaphysics, ethics. One thing that I think about when I read Plato, is the idea that one can have knowledge and not have wisdom. What I mean by that is knowledge is an awareness or an understanding of someone or something and wisdom is an actual practical application of it, wisdom is knowledge being applied. After studying and analyzing Plato, especially through Socrates I notice that “wisdom is the awareness of one’s ignorance.” Socrates is a fictional character from Plato’s writings. Socrates would act as if he is not wise like the people would wish to believe, but that he is still searching for the answers to life’s questions. “I know that I know nothing.” In the following paragraphs, I will discuss Plato’s Socratic Method, The Republic and especially certain parts within, and not to mention what Plato means to me.
What I love about Plato is even though the text can be difficult to comprehend, I appreciate the fact that his works challenge the reader to think differently or objectively, so to speak. You cannot read Plato without keeping…

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