World Philosophy

Mercel Campbell
World Philosophy
April 20, 2014
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What is philosophy? The word ‘philosophy’ is directly translated to ‘love of wisdom’. Plato (429–347 B.C.E.) is, by any reckoning, one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating, wide-ranging, and influential authors in the history of philosophy. An Athenian citizen of high status, he displays in his works his absorption in the political events and intellectual movements of his time, but the questions he raises are so profound and the strategies he uses for tackling them so richly suggestive and provocative that educated readers of nearly every period have in some way been influenced by him, and in practically every age there have been philosophers who count themselves Platonists in some important respects. I myself do not account myself to be a Platonists but I can empathetically collude with many of his theories.
Plato was and will continue to be one of the most well known Greek philosophers of all time. In the early stages of Plato’s philosophical development, he was highly influences and inspired by yet another celebrated philosopher, Socrates. Socrates was the first historically acknowledge Greek philosopher, whom later on became Plato’s mentor. Plato’s interpretation and definition of a philosopher is, “Those whose passion is to see the truth”. For philosophy is a conversation. It’s a conversation that can give you the key to understanding the true meaning of the love of wisdom. Philosophy can be also be interpreted to be empathy striving for enlightenment. Plato had an immense love and interest on wisdom, knowledge, politics, and truth and based many of his theories on such topics.
Above all, Plato had a superior view on wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is something that Plato appreciates and is not simply a matter of mere passive observation of the things and events in the world around us. He had a unique view, which he referred...