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Plato stands at the center of philosophical thought in the ancient world He was the first person to approach philosophical issues systematically but it was the genius with which he treated those issues that made his thought so influential Virtually every philosopher who came after Plato agreeing or disagreeing with his works Moreover Platos influence was hardly limited to the ancient world Platos thought was studied throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and continues to be crucial to an understanding of philosophical issues Although the correctness of his doctrines has always been the subject of vigorous debate no one can deny the pervasive influence of Platos thought on the history of Western philosophy Platos thrilling life-story and his multiple theories will influence mankind for all eternityKenny 22 From Platos birth to his death he experienced the life of a soldier during war times the complete exploration of the known world the many riches of being wealthy the vast fields of science and mathematics and the total depth of true philosophy All of his long 80 years were well spent and put to good use The life story of Plato is composed of a little bit of everything Plato was born in Athens in about 427 BC and died there in about 347 BC The original name of this Athenian aristocrat was Aristotle but in his school days he received the nickname Platon meaning broad because of his broad shoulders He was the youngest son of Ariston and Perictione who both came from famous wealthy families who had lived in Athens for generations While Plato was a young man his father died and his mother remarried Her second husband was a man named Pyrilampes It was mostly in Pyrilampes house that Plato was brought up In his early life he served in the Athenian Army and fought in the Peloponnesian War The Peloponnesian War was fought between Athens and Sparta between 431
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