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ˈpleɪ toʊpla·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Platonoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. Platonoun

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

  2. Platonoun

    A male given name from Ancient Greek.

    My name is Plato Jones. Plato Constantine Jones. Plato because my mother is Greek, and Jones because my father is Welsh, and Constantine after his father, my grandfather, who is Constantine Llewellyn Jones.

  3. Etymology: Via Latin Plato, from Ancient Greek Πλάτων (Plátōn), from πλατύς (platús, " broad, wide"), 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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  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. Marcus Aurelius:

    Set yourself in motion, if it is in your power, and do not look about you to see if anyone will observe it; nor yet expect Plato’s Republic: but be content if the smallest thing goes on well, and consider such an event to be no small matter.

  3. Clive Staples Lewis:

    A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

  4. Seneca the Younger:

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

  5. Elliott Jacobson:

    I can’t understand how she can plead not guilty since she’s already been convicted of murdering her mom, the important thing about this is there is going to be a real trial. For us, this is a step in the right direction. I think it would be very helpful for everybody to understand the withheld information in relation to the case from Plato to NATO.

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