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How ancient philosophy effects us today

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darienne spradling

on 20 September 2012

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How ancient philosophy effects us today... "The study of general and fundamental problems." What is philosophy? Plato was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science. Plato Aristotle Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and polymath, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality, aesthetics, logic, science, politics, and metaphysics. Cicero Circeo was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. "Greek philosophy marked the beginning of organized Western thought. From this logic developed along with mathematics, the sciences (from biology to physics and cosmology), political theory, later on psychology, and much more. Early theories of evolution and atomic theory began in Ancient Greece. The influence of Ancient Greece to philosophy is so great that the English philosopher Alfred Whitehead states, with some exaggeration, "Western philosophy is just a series of footnotes to Plato." Whether Plato's philosophy was anywhere near as important as Whitehead claims is debatable. Regardless of that, Ancient Greece marked the starting point for Western thought. Figures such as Aquinas, Hobbes, Descartes, Mill, Nietzsche, Kant, and Rousseau may be known today if it weren't for Plato and Aristotle. Also, physics, mathematics, biology, and all other fields that developed out of Greece may still be in their primitive forms. Greece had a profound influence on today's culture!" How does ancient philosophy effect us today? "How Did Greek Philosophy Influence Today's Culture?" WikiAnswers. Answers, n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_Greek_philosophy_influence_today's_culture>. works cited:
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