Philosopher of the month: Plato

The OUP Philosophy team have selected Plato (c. 429–c.347 BC) as their February Philosopher of the Month. The best known and most widely studied of all the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato laid the
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The OUP Philosophy team have selected Plato (c. 429 BC–c. 347 BC) as their February Philosopher of the Month. The best known and most widely studied of all the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato laid the groundwork for Western philosophy and Christian theology. Plato was most likely born in Athens, to Ariston and Perictione, a noble, politically active family. Coming of age during the Peloponnesian War, Plato was educated by the ancient world’s most renowned thinkers, including Cratylus, Pythagoras, and Socrates. From c.407 BC he was a disciple of Socrates, from whom he may have derived many of his ideas about ethics. When Socrates was sentenced to death in 399 BC—as depicted in Plato’s Phaedo—Plato grew discouraged with political life and traveled to Italy, Sicily, and possibly Egypt, before returning to Athens around 387 BC where he remained for most of the rest of his life. Shortly after his return, Plato founded the Academy of Athens—an open-air educational center generally. . .

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