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  • Plato 427?-347? B.C. Greek philosopher. A follower of Socrates, he presented his ideas through dramatic dialogues, in the most celebrated of which (The Republic) the interlocutors advocate a utopian society ruled by philosophers trained in Platonic metaphysics. He taught and wrote for much of his life at the Academy, which he founded near Athens in 386.

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  • proper n. Greek philosopher, 427-347 BC, follower of Socrates.
  • proper n. A male given name.

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  • n. ancient Athenian philosopher; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)


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Via Latin, from Ancient Greek Πλάτων (Platōn), from πλατύς (platus, "broad, wide"), either because of Plato's robust body, or wide forehead or the breadth of his eloquence.



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