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The Influnce of Socrates and Plato on Ancient Philosophy and Modern Western Philosophy
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Running Head: Reflection Paper The Influence of Socrates and Plato on Ancient Greek Philosophy and Modern Western Philosophy Name Course Title Name of Professor Date of Submission Introduction As the thoughts of Socrates were articulated only by spoken words, the post-Socratic world depends primarily on the written account of Plato for facts about them and there is hence doubt about the extent Plato could have exploited the name and personality of his mentor as a medium for his own thoughts.
Even though most of the influence of Socrates is in the field of ethics, his contribution to the discipline of logic and epistemology is notable as well. On the other hand, the contributions of Plato to Western philosophy, such as his most celebrated masterpiece, the Republic, are widely considered as presenting the personal philosophy of Plato, where the primary character effectively represents Plato himself. His contributions merge metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy, ethics, and moral psychology into a methodical and unified philosophy (Tejera, 1997). This reflective piece will discuss the contributions to and influences of Socrates and Plato on their own societies and how they perceive and challenge their social realities. This reflective piece will also include the influences of Classical philosophy, specifically of Socrates and Plato, on contemporary philosophy. This reflection will be based on the two videos entitled ‘Ancient Greece: Socrates and Plato’ and ‘Great Books: Plato’s Republic’. ...
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