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Pla·to(plā′tō) 427?-347? bc.
Greek philosopher noted for his many written dialogues in which his mentor Socrates appears as the central character. The best known of these, The Republic, expounds Plato's idealist philosophy and describes a hypothetical utopian state ruled by thinkers. He taught and wrote for much his life at the Academy, which he founded near Athens around 386.
(Biography) ?427–?347 bc, Greek philosopher: with his teacher Socrates and his pupil Aristotle, he is regarded as the initiator of western philosophy. His influential theory of ideas, which makes a distinction between objects of sense perception and the universal ideas or forms of which they are an expression, is formulated in such dialogues as Phaedo, Symposium, and The Republic. Other works include The Apology and Laws
(Astronomy) a crater in the NW quadrant of the moon, about 100 km in diameter, that has a conspicuous dark floor
427–347 B.C., Greek philosopher.
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|Noun||1.||Plato - ancient Athenian philosopher; pupil of Socrates; teacher of Aristotle (428-347 BC)|