Category Archives: Plato

First Alcibiades

Papyrus fragment of Alcibiades I, section 131.c-e. The First Alcibiades or Alcibiades I (Ancient Greek: Ἀλκιβιάδης αʹ) is a dialogue featuring Alcibiades in conversation with Socrates. It is ascribed to Plato, although scholars are divided on the question of its … Continue reading

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Justified true belief

 Before Gettier, an historical account brings one up to date? Euler diagram representing a definition of knowledge. Justified true belief is one definition of knowledge that states in order to know that a given proposition is true, one must not … Continue reading

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"Let no one ignorant of geometry enter"

Plato’s Motto The scho­liast on Aelius Aris­tides 125.14 (Din­dorf, Vol. 3) says the fol­low­ing: ἐπεγέγραπτο ἔμπροσθεν τῆς διατριβῆς τοῦ Πλάτωνος ὅτι ἀγεωμέτρητος μηδεὶς εἰσίτω· ἀντὶ τοῦ ἄνισος καὶ ἄδικος. ἡ γὰρ γεωμετρία τὴν ἰσότητα καὶ τὴν δικαιοσύνην τηρεῖ. ‘In front … Continue reading

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Know Thyself (γνώθι σεαυτόν )

A stained glass window with the contracted version γνωθι σαυτόν. The saying “Know thyself” may refer by extension to the ideal of understanding human behavior, morals, and thought, because ultimately to understand oneself is to understand other humans as well. … Continue reading

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Tattoos

Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors.” I never gave much thought to it before. I thought at this late stage in my life what affect could it possibly having coming now to the twilight years of my … Continue reading

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Plato’s Problem

Plato’s problem is the term given by Noam Chomsky to the gap between knowledge and experience. It presents the question of how we account for our knowledge when environmental conditions seem to be an insufficient source of information. It is … Continue reading

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Utopia

Woodcut by Ambrosius Holbein for a 1518 edition of Utopia. The lower left-hand corner shows the traveler Raphael Hythlodaeus, describing the island. Utopia (pronounced /juːˈtoʊpiə/) is a name for an ideal community or society possessing a seemingly perfect socio–politico–legal system.[1] … Continue reading

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Oligarchy- A Historical Look from Plato’s Dialogues

Backreaction: A little less conversation, a little more science please An Oligarchy (Greek Ὀλιγαρχία, Oligarkhía) is a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royal, wealth, intellectual, family, military or … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

The aim of dialogue in the academy is not merely to just state or assert one’s opinion. Simply asserting one’s opinion to one another has more in common with two dogs barking at each another than two people engaging in … Continue reading

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Let no one destitute of geometry enter my doors.

“Gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein“ Some ruminations seem to settle in my mind, yet held by a wanting of scientific principal and treaty? Where in such a misinterpretation materialized that I could have … Continue reading

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