Essay about The Philosophy Of Philosophy And Philosophy

1591 Words Jan 4th, 2015 7 Pages
The love of wisdom, commonly referred to as philosophy, is the study of the ultimate nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. In philosophy, we ask ourselves questions like: “what is knowledge?” A regular person may answer that knowledge is being smart, but a philosophers would answer that knowledge is in knowing we really know nothing. Philosophy involves not only creating answers to metaphysics, epistemology, and logic questions, but also looking for influence or inspiration from the way in which people have answered such questions in the past. Therefore, a significant part of philosophy is its history, and through this history we have discovered a number of great philosophers who have created their own answers and arguments to these very questions from their own perspective, which may or may not be influenced by others, and building their own legacy. Philosopher Plato was a student to philosopher Socrates and was a teacher to Aristotle. He was born in 427 BCE to one of the wealthiest and politically active families in Athens. He once famously said, “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” Plato is the most historically significant figure because he was one of the most influential authors in the history of philosophy. We see this through his relationship with Socrates, his academy and its legacy, and his philosophical perspective.
Socrates was born in circa 470 BC Athens, Greece to a non-noble family. With his wife Xanthippe, they…

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