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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Plato(noun)

    ancient Athenian philosopher; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)

Wiktionary

  1. Plato(ProperNoun)

    Greek philosopher, 427-347 BC, follower of Socrates.

  2. Plato(ProperNoun)

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  3. Origin: Via , from Πλάτων, from πλατύς, either because of Plato's robust body, or wide forehead or the breadth of his eloquence.

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  1. Plato

    Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece. He was also a mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science. In the words of A. N. Whitehead: The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato. I do not mean the systematic scheme of thought which scholars have doubtfully extracted from his writings. I allude to the wealth of general ideas scattered through them. Plato's sophistication as a writer is evident in his Socratic dialogues; thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters have been ascribed to him. Plato's writings have been published in several fashions; this has led to several conventions regarding the naming and referencing of Plato's texts. Plato's dialogues have been used to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, ethics, rhetoric, religion and mathematics. Plato is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Plato

    the great philosopher, born in Athens, of noble birth, the year Pericles died, and the second of the Peloponnesian War; at 20 became a disciple of Socrates, and passed eight years in his society; at 30, after the death of Socrates, quitted Athens, and took up his abode at Megara; from Megara he travelled to Cyrene, Egypt, Magna Græcia, and Sicily, prolonging his stay in Magna Græcia, and studying under Pythagoras, whose philosophy was then at its prime, and which exercised a profound influence over him; after ten years' wandering in this way he, at the age of 40, returned to Athens, and founded his Academy, a gymnasium outside the city with a garden, which belonged to his father, and where he gathered around him a body of disciples, and had Aristotle for one of his pupils, lecturing there with undiminished mental power till he reached the advanced age of 81; of his philosophy one can give no account here, or indeed anywhere, it was so unsectarian; he was by pre-eminence the world-thinker, and though he was never married and left no son, he has all the thinking men and schools of philosophy in the world as his offspring; enough to say that his philosophy was philosophy, as it took up in its embrace both the ideal and the real, at once the sensible and the super-sensible world (429-347 B.C.).

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Plato in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Plato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Plato in a Sentence

  1. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, What I owe to the Ancients:

    Plato is boring.

  2. George Santiano:

    All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.

  3. Seneca the Younger:

    Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.

  4. G. Stanley Hall:

    Every theory of love, from Plato down, teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself.

  5. Simeon Strunsky:

    If you want to understand democracy, spend less time in the library with Plato and more time in the buses with people.

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