Plato

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Plato ; Greek: Πλάτων, Plátōn, "broad" aka Aflatun

Greece 424/423 BCE – 348/347 BCE


Comments: Considered the 2nd Classical Greek Philosopher, through whose work Socrates is preserved. His concept of an Ideal plane of which material world is a shadow inspired a strong current in Magickal thought, and Neoplatonism. His parable of the Cave is a call to seek the Ideal rather than be distracted by the material plane. The Father of deductive logic, following Socrates' methods. One of the Classic authors referred to as The Ancients;


Teachers: Socrates; Democritus; Pythagoras ; Aeschylus;

Students: Aristotle; Plutarch ; Valentinus (AKA Valentinius) (Gnostic 100 - 160 CE); Iamblichus; Benjamin Jowett; Alfred North Whitehead; Wiliam R. Sandbach, James Bramwell , Ignatius Donnelly, W. Scott-Elliot , Cutcliffe Hyne , Frederick S. Oliver, Paul Schliemann , J. Allan Dunn , Pierre Benoit, Clara Iza von Ravn, Richard S. Shaver, all seeking Atlantis; James Churchward ; Albert Churchward ; Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim; Rebecca Newberger Goldstein ; Rapahel aka Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino; Jean Delville, artist of L’Ecole de Platon aka the School of Plato, after the inspiration of Raphael; Kurt Godel; Hao Wang; Edmund Husserl; Edward N. Zalta; Max Trgmark; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Bernard Silvestris aka Bernardus Silvestris aka Bernard Silvester, author of Cosmographia & the Experimentarius of Bernardus Silvestris aka Sortes Regis Amalrici, @ 1085 – 1178; Ioannes Nesius aka John Nesius, author of De Moribus aka on Morals; Marsilio Ficino; Zekhariyahu, author of 'Imrei Shefer': Raymond Klibansky; Thomas Cathcart ; Daniel Klein;



Friends: Xenophon

Organizations: founded the Academy at Athens;

Author: Socratic dialogues (36 dialogues & 13 letters); Timaeus and Critias both mention Atlantis; ha-'Atzamim ha-'Elyonim" (attributed) by Zekhariyahu 'Imrei Shefer';


Quotes: "The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings"  ; “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet”; We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light;


Resources: The Birth of Western Philosophy - Plato and Aristotle lecture course by Prof Aryeh Kosman TTC 2004; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato; Prof. Peter Kreeft, lecturer; http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/plato/timaeus.htm ; http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/plato/critias.htm ; and http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/plato/symposiu.htm; or listen to him here - http://librivox.org/the-apology-of-socrates-by-plato/ & http://librivox.org/critias-by-plato/ & http://librivox.org/the-symposium-by-plato/ and more at http://librivox.org/author/599 ; http://foundation.ctfreemasons.net/index.php/assorted-masonic-writings/54-the-geometry-of-art-and-life.html ; http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/when-socrates-met-phaedrus-eros-in-philosophy/ ; http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/01/surviving_anxiety/355741/3/ ; http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/02/why-study-philosophy-to-challenge-your-own-point-of-view/283954/ ; http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/03/24/the_ancient_greeks_defined_math_proofs_and_a_lot_more_too.html ; my own essay Neoplatonism of the Ancients aka Gnostic Qabalah; http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i7405.html; Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .- Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein, 2008;