Student of Socrates and Philosopher of the Form, this idealist is famous for his dialogues. Writing in the context of late classical Greece, his Republic is a monument of Western Literature, and a demonstration of the form of good, the focus of idealism – later called realism in the middle ages. His successor, Aristotle, revolutionized epistemology with his ontological thinking on a wide range of topics.
Socrates, the center of Plato’s writing, engages in the dialectic, or elenchus, a predecessor of the syllogistic mode of formal logic.
Timeline of Plato and the philosophers in Athens.
Sample Proof I – Friday Week 8
A prospective particular supporting the main proposition as it exists at the moment, this supporting argument will be understood as an inductive proof or a deductive demonstration. It should draw on some of the stated research plan, and elevate interest in the Hypothesis. Reference to the research needed should be included in initial notes, here compiled as ‘end notes’ in the Chicago format.
Construct this proof using the rules of Stasis.
In Week 12 you will produce and hand in a Research Paper covering this proof.