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Definition: Greek philosopher whose famous teacher was Socrates. Plato's Dialogues preserve for us the philosophy of both Socrates and Plato, as it is sometimes difficult to tell the two apart. Plato wrote many great works, including the Republic, a blueprint for the ideal form of government. He began the famous Academy in Athens, together with his famous disciple, Aristotle.

Related Resources:
Plato: the Father of Western Philosophy
Plato is one of the most well-known people in Western history. A philosopher and writer, he is thought by many people to be the father of Western philosophy. Plato spent most of his life in and around Athens, founding the famed Academy in 387 B.C. and serving as its guiding light for the rest of his life. He is famous for his Dialogues, a series of writings that set out a set of ideas for living, for viewing the world, and for understanding elements of that world. A total of 36 Dialogues exist as part of the general Platonic tradition, although some historians think that other philosophers wrote some of those. The Dialogues lay out a series of ideas, usually in the form of a conversation, sometimes an argument.

English Translation of His Works
Plato wrote in Greek, of course, but you can read what he wrote in English at this site.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Plato for the Young Inquirer
Read Plato's story in plain language.

Exploring Plato's Dialogues
Find out more about Socrates on three levels: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced.

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