The Greek Philosophers & Latin Phrases

A Brief Review

[By Staff Reporters]

We do not have enough space to cover the subject fully. And, “important” does not necessarily  indicate good or bad. But, we will try to review these three Greek Philosophers.

PLATO

Plato is important because his philosophy underpins autocratic political philosophies such as Kant, Nazism and Communism. Metaphysically he fights a war against reality claiming only a superior mind, like his, can be trusted. He had a pessimistic view of human beings.

ARISTOTLE

Aristotle is responsible for the explosion of progress since the Renaissance. His focus on identification (A is A), and reason, as the key to human knowledge and happiness has been a force for good. His heirs like Aquinas and Rand have sought to round out his discoveries. He was the optimist. If you look at the the cultural climate in the USA today, you will see a resurgence of Platonism (socialism).

And, in the face of unparalleled quality of life and prosperity, harbingers of doom capitalize in the unwillingness of many to do the work required for freedom. Identity is ignored in the attempt to avoid the requirements for happiness: Effort and thought. Hopefully the pendulum will swing back to an Aristotelian era.

SOCRATES

Socrates was the bridge between the two great minds of Plato and Aristotle, and a story teller whose skills and abundance ensured the survival of his own.

Assessment

Much as Socrates’ thought systems – so we put our coin on Plato as the premier Greek Philosopher. Without Plato, Socrates’ thought would not have survived a century past his execution; still less a millennia.

Aristotle certainly influenced Alexander, but it’s hard to credit Aristotle for Alexander’s legacy, which was largely military in nature.

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LATIN PHRASES

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