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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.

Wikipedia

  1. Plato

    Plato ( PLAY-toe; Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher born in Athens during the Classical period in Ancient Greece. In Athens, Plato founded the Academy, a philosophical school where he taught the philosophical doctrines that would later became known as Platonism. Plato (or Platon) was a pen name derived from his nickname - allegedly a reference to his broad shoulders - According to Alexander of Miletus quoted by Diogenes of Sinope his actual name was Aristocles, son of Ariston, of the deme Collytus (Collytus being a district of Athens).Plato was an innovator of the written dialogue and dialectic forms in philosophy. He raised problems for what later became all the major areas of both theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy. His most famous contribution is the Theory of forms, where he presents a solution to the problem of universals. He is also the namesake of Platonic love and the Platonic solids. His own most decisive philosophical influences are usually thought to have been, along with Socrates, the pre-Socratics Pythagoras, Heraclitus and Parmenides, although few of his predecessors' works remain extant and much of what we know about these figures today derives from Plato himself.Along with his teacher, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato is a central figure in the history of philosophy. Unlike the work of nearly all of his contemporaries, Plato's entire body of work is believed to have survived intact for over 2,400 years. Although their popularity has fluctuated, Plato's works have consistently been read and studied. Through Neoplatonism Plato also greatly influenced both Christian and Islamic philosophy (through e.g. Al-Farabi). In modern times, Alfred North Whitehead famously said: "the safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato."

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  1. plato

    Plato (approximately 428/427 BC – 348/347 BC) was a classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the Academy in Athens, which was the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his teacher, Socrates, his student, Aristotle, he is one of the most fundamental figures in Western philosophy. Plato's works in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of language, and epistemology, among other fields, have been very influential. He is typically remembered for his theory of Forms or Ideas, believing that non-material abstract forms represent the highest and most fundamental type of reality.

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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. PLATO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plato is ranked #27354 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Plato surname appeared 883 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Plato.

    78.3% or 692 total occurrences were White.
    13.3% or 118 total occurrences were Black.
    4.9% or 44 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. Francis Quarles:

    Socrates called beauty a short-lived tyranny; Plato, a privilege of nature; Theophrastus, a silent cheat; Theocritus, a delightful prejudice; Carneades, a solitary kingdom; Aristotle, that it was better than all the letters of recommendation in the world; Homer, that it was a glorious gift of nature; and Ovid, that it was favor bestowed by the gods.

  2. Marcus Aurelius:

    [Treat] unenlightened souls with sympathy and indulgence, remembering that they are ignorant or mistaken about what’s most important. Never be harsh, remember Plato’s dictum: ‘Every soul is deprived of the truth against its will.’

  3. 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.

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

    Plato is boring.

  5. George Santiano:

    All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.

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