Greek Philosophy By:Justin Risnear

Greek philosophers have played a major role throughout history. They are one of the most famous groups of philosophers. Almost everyone has heard of some of these philosophers especially between Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato.

The Greeks studied a wide variety of information. They looked into sciences, politics, and human life. Democritus studied atoms, which are one of the basics to science (Graham). Plato focused on politics and ethics. One of Plato's most famous sayings about political science was that "there will be no end to troubles of states...until philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers" (5.2.2). Plato's student, Aristotle, wrote about the natural world (Graham).

Democritus, founder of the Atom

Plato also questioned how humans can make the most out of their lives. Pythagoras was another famous philosopher. His widely known Pythagorean Theorem, is still being used in mathematics today. The philosophers completed their studies by going off of what those prior to them researched. Most of these new philosophers were students to those who they based their research off of. They studied in different schools.

Greek Philosophy impacted its society. It impacted the way that money was used and the way people thought. Schools were opened so that students could learn more about philosophy. A lot of these students were poor, and had to be funded to go to school. Plato opened the Academy of Athens and taught Aristotle there (5.3). There were numerous master-pupil relationships and this was how ideas were pushed even further.

Hellenisim was mainly spread through Alexander the Great. By spreading the Greek language, others learned to appreciate Greek philosophy (Clark). There was also a rise of schools in new places teaching these ideas as more was spread

Works Cited

Clark, Darci. "The Impact of Alexander the Great's Conquests." Semiramis-Speaks.com. N.p., 23 July 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2017.

Graham, Jacob N. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2017.

Fernández-Armesto, Felipe. The world: a history. 3rd ed., vol. 1, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007.

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