Ancient Greek philosopher (428-348 BCE), disciple and friend of Sokrates, teacher of Aristotle, founder of a philosophical school in Athens called 'The Academy'.
Plato is perhaps the single most important figure in the Western tradition of Philosophy. From his mentor Sokrates he gained insight into the importance of virtue in human life. In addition to attempting to work out the implications of the quest for virtue, Plato made unparalleled contributions to Epistemology, human Psychology, and Metaphysics. Alfred North Whitehead said that all of Western Philosophy is little more than a footnote to Plato (Whitehead, Process and Reality, II:1, §1).
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