Plato

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.

Reading Guides:

Book I

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Book II

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Book III

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Book IV

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Book V

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Book VI

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Book VII

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Book VIII

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Book IX

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Author: Doctor Faustus

Logic and Rhetoric instructor at the Classical School of Wichita. Former Marine, member of the US Army Chorus, published video game developer, military simulation designer, and international opera singer. Bachelor of Science, humanities, The New School, New York NY.