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Plato The Importance of Knowledge Plato in his work The Republic deals with the issue of living a good life He presents his argument through two questions what is justice in the state and what is a just individual These two provoking inquiries naturally bring about many others One of these questions is how should the citizens of a state be educated Plato was the first who conceived the method of knowledgeHe was the greatest metaphysical genius whom the world has seen and in him more than in any other ancient thinker the germs of future knowledge are contained Plato was passionate about the importance of knowledge He saw two worlds the sensible and the intelligible each having its own type of knowledge These two worlds could be divided by a line the upper part was the intelligible world and the lower part consisted of the visible world In the visible world men only have opinions illusions and beliefs but only see reflections of reality Their beliefs in the lower world may guide them in life but do not require reaching conclusions with certainty The intelligible world however contains two sub-regions One is reason This includes knowledge of things that can be accepted without question The second sub-region the highest a man can reach is intelligence This is when a man has an understanding of the ultimate good Platos emphasis on the importance of knowledge led him to write in 360 BCE in The Republic It is better to be unborn than untaught for ignorance is the root of misfortune This passionate statement is more than Platos 2 philosophy it is his reality The ideal State could not be attained without knowledge which leads to virtue and reformation Plato was greatly affected by the deterioration of Athenian politics during and immediately after
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