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p. 122. Plato's name, and other matterslocked

  • Julia Annas

Abstract

We do not have independent access to Plato's individual personality as we do for more recent philosophers. In the dialogues he never speaks in his own voice. ‘Plato's name, and other matters’ explores different accounts of Plato the individual. We have two relatively firm facts to grasp: one is the great influence on him of the Athenian Socrates, and the other is his founding of the Academy, the first philosophical school. Plato was thought of as the first systematic philosopher, the first to see philosophy as a distinctive approach to what were later to be called logic, physics, and ethics.

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