Author: Plato

Profile: Plato was born in Athens, Greece and died in Athens, Greece. Some of his most notable works are Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, Meno, Parmenides, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Republic, Symposium and Timaeus. Plato was an Athenian philosopher in Ancient Greece during the Classical period. Christianity was greatly influenced by the so-called Neoplatonism of philosophers like Porphyry and Plotinus through Fathers of the Church like Augustine. As quoted by Alfred North Whitehead, the safest general characterization of philosophical tradition in Europe is that it contains a series of Plato’s footnotes.

It was Plato who invented the dialetic and written dialogue forms in philosophy. Plato is thought to be the founder of political philosophy in the West. The Theory of Forms known by pure reason is his most popular contribution, which is presented with a solution to Platonism (problem of universals).  Plato is also known as the namesake of Platonic solids and Platonic love.

Writing style: Plato belongs to the Platonism school and covers Western philosophy. Aristotle and Eudoxus of Cnidus are his most notable students. Politics, metaphysics, soul, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, eschatology, love, education, language and mathematics are his main areas of interests. Idealism, platonic philosophy, theory of forms and innatism are his most notable ideas.

Published Texts:

Books

The Republic of Plato

Five Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, Meno and Phaedo

The Trial and Death of Socrates

Symposium or Drinking Party

Great Dialogues of Plato

Gorgias

Four Texts on Socrates

Phaidros

Timaeus and Critias

Phaedo: Large Print

Meno

The Dialogues of Plato

The Laws

Defence of Socrates, Euthyphro, Crito

Theaetetus

The Allegory of the Cave

The Trials of Socrates: Six Classic Texts

Plato; Epictetus; Marcus Aurelius (The Harvard Classics)

The Republic and Other Works

Sophist

A Guided Tour of Five Works by Plato: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo (Death Scene), Allegory of the Cave

Essential Dialogues of Plato

Protagoras and Meno

Essential Thinkers – Socrates (Collector’s Library)

 

Awards and Acknowledgements:

 

Plato founded the Platonist school of thought and the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, called the Academy.

In ancient Western and Greek philosophy, Plato is largely considered to be a central figure along with Socrates, his teacher and Aristotle, his most popular student.

Plato has been quoted as one of the founders of Western spirituality and religion.