Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Greek philosophers of the Golden Agr, about 450 BC: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

Roman Philosopher
Originally uploaded by mezzoblue.
A super-simple outline to help separate and delineate the philosophers.

The Socratic Method: questioning in search of wisdom. Charged with corrupting the youth and with impiety toward the gods. Accepts indictment, drinks hemlock in famous self-administtered execution.

Socrates' student, Plato wrote down - as a dialogue - the wisdom of Socrates. He founded a school, the Academy. He believed women should have rights. In his writings about politics, he asserted that the ideal ruler was a philosopher-king.

A student of Plato, Aristotle went on to found his own school, the Lyceum. He also tutored Alexander of Macedonia, later to become the conqueror called Alexander the Great. Aristotle is considered the first scientist, for his efforts to identify and order the plants and animals.

Groups of students were asked to create skits on each of these lives from notes taken from A Young Person's Guide to Philosophy.

Independent work:
Research & compare . . .
* Crete and Santorini
* Greek alphabet and the Russian alphabet
* sculpture of Eygypt versus that of Greece

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