OF THE WEEK OCTOBER 14th
Kids Philosophy Slam now features a philosopher of the week. Included
with this new offering is a brief biography and famous quotes
of the featured philosopher, ideas for classroom discussions,
and links to related philosopher sites! There will be a new philosopher
of the week each and every week through March!
was born to a wealthy family and was a student of Socrates. After
Socrates died, he wanted to make sure that Socrates was not forgotten
so he wrote down Socrates teachings in a book called Dialogues.
Plato founded the first university called the Academy, where
students focused on the big question "Is there a perfect world?"
Aristotle was one of his star pupils. Plato believed that are
unchanging truths in all things, for example there are many breeds
of horses, but there are definite things that definite "horseness
about them all." He also believed that a philosophers job
is to open peoples eyes to truth and help them strive for
perfection. Plato was one of the first to teach that women should
be educated so they could work towards perfection too. Plato believed
that men and women had the same intellectual powers and they should
receive the same education. Plato also believed in an unseen world
where there existed the perfect models of all things on Earth.
Plato also held true that society would remain stable and just
with philosophers in power. His most noted writing is The Republic.
would Plato have answered the question: What is the meaning of
is the nature of knowledge as Plato envisioned knowledge?
there be in reality an ideal society that Plato describes? What
would this society look like?
would our government look like today if it were run by philosophers
as Plato proposed?
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