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Plato

[pley-toh] /ˈpleɪ toʊ/
noun
1.
427–347 b.c, Greek philosopher.
2.
a walled plain in the second quadrant of the face of the moon, having a dark floor: about 60 miles (96 km) in diameter.
Related forms
anti-Plato, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Plato

Plato1

/ˈpleɪtəʊ/
noun
1.
?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

Plato2

/ˈpleɪtəʊ/
noun
1.
a crater in the NW quadrant of the moon, about 100 km in diameter, that has a conspicuous dark floor
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Plato in Culture
Plato [(play-toh)]

An ancient Greek philosopher, often considered the most important figure in Western philosophy. Plato was a student of Socrates and later became the teacher of Aristotle. He founded a school in Athens called the Academy. Most of his writings are dialogues. He is best known for his theory that ideal Forms or Ideas, such as Truth or the Good, exist in a realm beyond the material world. In fact, however, his chief subjects are ethics and politics. His best-known dialogues are the Republic, which concerns the just state, and the Symposium, which concerns the nature of love.

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