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Plato's Allegory of the Cave

PlatoA young student of Socrates by the name of Plato began teaching upon the death of Socrates. At the age of 30, Plato opened a school that would remain in operation for nearly nine centuries following his death.Plato authored a book which he titled "The Republic," which outlined what he believed was the perfect government. Plato felt that a democracy was not the most effective form of government, because the lower classes of people could not be trusted. He felt that the higher classes, which were more educated, ought to be in charge of the government.

SocratesSocrates was born circa 470 BC, in Athens, Greece. We know of his life through the writings of his students, including Plato. His "Socratic method," laid the groundwork for Western systems of logic and philosophy. When the political climate of Greece turned, Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock poisoning in 399 BC.

InterestingsFacts-His way of thinking led him to believe that attaining true wisdom is the only way to create a government that is neither a democratic nor tyrannical.- He believed in Human Reason and Rationale as the foundation for wisdom.- Taught Plato, who later became a well-known philosopher.


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