CliffsNotes on Plato's Dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo

CliffsNotes on Plato's Dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo

CliffsNotes on Plato's Dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo

CliffsNotes on Plato's Dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, and Phaedo

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The philosophy of ancient Greece reached its highest level of achievement in the works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The influence of these men on the culture of the Western world can scarcely be overestimated. Each of them made significant contributions to philosophy, and it would be difficult to determine to which one of them we are most indebted. All three were original thinkers and great teachers. In point of time, Socrates was the one who appeared first. Plato became the most distinguished of his pupils, and Aristotle in turn received instruction from Plato. Both Plato and Aristotle were prolific writers, and what we know about them has been derived chiefly from their published works. In contrast to them, Socrates left no writings at all. Consequently, what information we have concerning him comes from the testimony of others who were associated with him and who were influenced both by the moral quality of his living and the significance of the ideas that he expounded.

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