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FC: How do we know the truth? | Plato's journey to find truth..... | By, Noah Collier
1: To me, to know the truth is to know honest explanations of humans and their mysteries.(math, astronomy, etc.) Also, after finding the truth, I believe that it is our duty to give back and pass on what we have learned. This is what truth means to me. This book contains Plato's pursuit of truth.
3: Plato was born in Athens, Greece around 428-427 BCE. Throughout his childhood, he was praised for his quickness of mind and modesty. Speusippus once said that his "first fruits of youth infused with hard work and love of study." To me, hard work and love of study leads to the pursuit of truth, which Plato had. But there were questions that Plato needed answered...
5: Plato was taught by the famous Socrates. Socrates was very smart and wise, and set the standard for western philosophy. From an early age, Plato loved to learn, and he always wanted to answer life's questions; find the truth. Having Socrates as a teacher opened up a whole new world to Plato.
6: In 409-404 BCE, Plato served in the Delian Leugue during the Peloponnesian War. To him, fighting for Athens and the Delian Leugue was fighting for what is right. To me, fighting for what you believe in is a sign of fighting for truth, because your side's ways and culture is the best culture in your perspective.
9: After the war ended, Plato began to travel around the Mediterranean Sea, studying and learning new subjects. During this time, he learned geometry, geology, astronomy, religion, and other questions that he needed answered. Over time, I think the meaning of truth has stayed the same, but the ways of finding it have changed. Now, we can look up the questions that we want to know on the Internet, but back then, people had to travel to find out the truth.
10: Once Plato returned to Athens, he decided to give back to others by teaching what he learned. He founded the Academy of Athens, which was where he taught the Philosophy and Mathematics that he learned. By founding this academy, others where then able to learn the truth that Plato had to share. To me, once knowledge and truth is found, it has to be shared with the rest of the world.
12: In 375 BCE, Plato wrote one of his more famous works, The Republic. It was about true justice, true politics, and the best way for one to live their life. The Republic also included the theory of forms, immortality of soul, and the roles of the philosopher in poetry and society. Philosophy was Plato's pursuit to find the true way to live ones life, and this in included in The Republic.
13: Plato also believed in the importance of math, too. He believed that to be a philosopher and know the truth about philosophy, one must know the five mathematical disciplines. The five are arithmetic, plane geometry, solid geometry, astronomy, and harmonics. To understand these, one would understand the truth about philosophy.
15: Later in Plato's life, he began to teach personally teach Aristotle. By this time, Plato had discovered the truth of life that he had sought after, and decided to pass it on. Aristotle then became a wise and smart man, who would eventually tutor the famous Alexander the Great. By founding the Academy of Athens and teaching Aristotle, Plato left a lasting legacy. Leaving a legacy lets future generations learn the truth that was discovered, and Plato did just so.
17: Plato died in Athens, Greece in 347 BCE. Throughout his life, he accomplished many things, such as founding the Academy of Athens, writing The Republic, and teaching Aristotle. The most important thing, however, was his discovery of truth. He not only found answers to Math, Astronomy, and Harmonics, but also found answers and solutions to Politics. Finally, he found the answers to his philosophies, and the correct way for humans to live and understand their lives. Plato lived a very productive and truth-finding life!