Plato Essays

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Aristotle Vs. Plato

Throughout life, one will encounter many different people some with similar views and others with contrasting perspectives on reality. This topic and discussion on life and reality continues to rise debate since ancient times. Some of history’s most influential philosophers that attempt to describe life and reality are Aristotle and Plato. A student may choose […]

Pages: 2 Words: 745 Topics: Aristotle, Belief, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Plato, Reality

The Differences between the Principles of Plato Aristotle

Plato and Aristotle are without a doubt two of the world’s greatest philosophers. Plato, a Greek philosopher and a student of Socrates, was born around 424-423 BC in Athens to a wealthy Athenian family and his death was around 347-348 BC. Following in the footsteps of Socrates, Plato wrote his works as dialogues. His notable […]

Pages: 4 Words: 1215 Topics: Aristotle, Belief, Epistemology, Knowledge, Metaphysics, Plato, Reality, Socrates, Space, Truth
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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

Anet Toroosian Online English 104: Dr. Kwa Essay One Final Draft Epilogue to Plato’s Cave To start, what would your life be like if you were stuck in a world where you could not see the end? Would you be content with just being alive? This question reminds me Plato’s “the allegory of the cave”. […]

Pages: 3 Words: 1049 Topics: Allegory of the Cave, Epistemology, Knowledge, Phenomenology, Plato, Reality, Reasoning

Human Nature and Ethics Nietzsche and Plato Compared

This paper serves as an examination of the similarities and differences in the views of two philosophers, Plato and Nietzsche, relating top human nature and ethics as expressed in Plato’s The Republic and Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. Nietzsche writes this volume as the end of his life approaches and uses it as an instrument […]

Pages: 8 Words: 2407 Topics: Evil, Human Nature, Justice, Metaphysics, Morality, Motivation, Plato, Truth, Utilitarianism

Plato’s “the Allegory of the Cave”

To start,what what whoild your life be like if you were stuck in a world where you clied not see the end? Would you be content with just being alive? This question reminds me Plato’s “the allegory Of the cave”. Plato believed that people are born certain characteristic which they learn to survive and become […]

Pages: 3 Words: 1035 Topics: Allegory of the Cave, Belief, Knowledge, Metaphysics, Plato, Reality, Truth

Human Nature Person

Aristotle was taught by Plato who was taught by Socrates. In a sense they all their had own specific way of thinking of human nature but they also had a way of relating to each other. Plato believed in the Theory of Forms while Aristotle believed in metaphysics and Socrates believed in the key to […]

Pages: 2 Words: 712 Topics: Aristotle, Epistemology, Human Nature, Metaphysics, Plato, Socrates

Conception on the Simulation Theory

The conception of reality is a construct many philosophers have dwelled on, and many have attempted to devise doctrines and theories on the topic, in hopes of answering this dilemma and achieving a greater understanding of the universe. A philosopher named Nick Bostrom developed a theory that viewed reality and existence as a computer simulation […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1543 Topics: Allegory of the Cave, Arguments, Epistemology, Knowledge, Metaphysics, Plato, Reality

An Examined Life is the only Morally Worthwhile Life

This week in class we were introduced to the topic of our first essay: determining whether an examined life is the only morally worthwhile life. The concept of an examined life was introduced by Socrates and recorded by Plato, in Apology. We were also provided with a recommended process by which to write this argumentative […]

Pages: 2 Words: 578 Topics: Epistemology, Ethics, Metaphysics, Plato, Socrates

How does Socrates Vision of Athenian Democracy Differ from that of Pericles

Both Pericles’ Funeral Oration from Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War and Plato’s Apology of Socrates describe the Athenian democracy and society, however, they are very opposite views. According to Pericles, the written as well as unwritten laws of democracy, such as the administration being in hands of many citizens who are also the judges […]

Pages: 3 Words: 916 Topics: Democracy, Plato, Socrates

Analysis of the Allegory of the Cave

The Allegory of the Cave begins by introducing three men that are placed in a cave since childhood. The things these men experience and express have greater meanings than their literal text. The men are facing the wall of the cave and their legs and necks are chained to keep them from seeing what is […]

Pages: 3 Words: 856 Topics: Allegory, Allegory of the Cave, Epistemology, Knowledge, Metaphysics, Plato, Truth

Oppression, Freedom and Happiness in “The Allegory of the Cave”

What is freedom and are we free? Freedom. A word redolent with benevolence. People like being “”free””. It is regularly introduced to society as an extremity: free articulation, free decision and majority rules system, versus suppression, restriction and absolutism. The idea of regular rights assumes a conspicuous job in legitimate and political talk of freedom. […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1647 Topics: Allegory of the Cave, Free Will, Logic, Metaphysics, Plato, Socrates, Truth

Dan Millman’s the Way of the Peaceful Warrior

In Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior Millman embarks on a journey to find “unreasonable happiness”. He sets out to find the true meaning of happiness displayed by when he says, “All these years I had been sustained by an illusion – happiness through victory – and now that illusion was burned to […]

Pages: 6 Words: 1699 Topics: Allegory of the Cave, Epistemology, Happiness, Metaphysics, Plato, Socrates

A Legal Construct of Government the Constitution

Anarchy. Self-government. Aristocracy. Tyranny. Democracy. In every society there lie a social contract amongst peoples on how to conduct themselves and daily business, or rather, the rule-of-the-land. This social contract is declared and enforced by both legal authorities (i.e. government) as well as through the participation of its citizens. This paradigm has come to be […]

Pages: 6 Words: 1763 Topics: Aristotle, Citizenship, Constitution, Contract, Democracy, God, Plato, Rights, Virtue

The Conversation between Socrates and Meno

Today virtue is considered a valuable trait to have. Something that shows true character and represents a fair and honorable person. Back then it meant the same thing. It was a quality used to represent noble people of all walks of life. From Generals in war to everyday citizens just going above and beyond showing […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1489 Topics: Allegory of the Cave, Epistemology, Logic, Plato, Socrates, Truth, Virtue

Aristotle’s Ethics

In this essay we will be looking at Aristotle’s Ethics most importantly book v of his Nichomachean Ethics, which is concern with Justice. As a virtue theorist Aristotle believes that the best form of life is to cultivate virtue. There are different virtues and the way Aristotle defines virtue as the means between excess and […]

Pages: 9 Words: 2707 Topics: Aristotle, Justice, Plato, Virtue

Humanities Hubris Regarding Nature

The representation in news media and environmental literature mislead the viewer, or reader, into thinking humans cause more significant damage to the environment than the environment causes on humanity. Also, there is a need for more responsible and accurate news reports, articles, and environmental literature that focus on the effect the environment has on humanity. […]

Pages: 8 Words: 2527 Topics: Human Nature, Natural Disaster, Natural Environment, Plato, Pollution, Water

Kant and Aristotle on Happiness

Human happiness has been a topic of discussion for thousands of years. The discussion focuses on how to reach true happiness, and the relevance of happiness to decision making. Over time, philosophers have mulled over human happiness, with Aristotle and Kant taking opposing stances. Aristotle believes happiness is the goal of human activity. Kant argues […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1495 Topics: Aristotle, Epistemology, Happiness, Immanuel Kant, Metaphysics, Plato, Utilitarianism, Virtue

Aristotle Politics

Within every state, the typical goal of every citizen is to have an efficient system of government that gives priority to its citizens regardless of their position or class within the community. Individuals who owe allegiance to a given state may show diversity, but the core of their focus is working towards having a better […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1435 Topics: Aristotle, Citizenship, Plato, Socrates

Aristotle’s Function Argument

Aristotle believes that if one wants to live well, one should organize their life by reference to the very best thing that humans can obtain in action?”something he calls “the human good. He portrays that a good life should point towards eudaimonia, which may also be interpreted as happiness. However, unlike our modern understanding of […]

Pages: 3 Words: 991 Topics: Aristotle, Epistemology, Happiness, Metaphysics, Plato, Virtue, Virtue Ethics

Virtue on Aristotle

As mentioned above, Eudaimonia is defined as a supreme good, which becomes the ultimate goal of everyone pursues. What is the ultimate goal? It is the final purpose and will not be the way to achieve other purposes. For example, we can say that earning money is the purpose of working. So how about the […]

Pages: 4 Words: 1294 Topics: Aristotle, Epistemology, Happiness, Metaphysics, Plato