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Plato
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(c. 427 bce, Athens – 347 bce, Athens), marks the beginning of a philosophical tradition in the strict sense. He took the various approaches to philosophical thought of his predecessors and brought them together in a unified intellectual context. Myth and poetry were included; poetic motifs and forms of expression were borrowed and used productively to articulate something totally new. As F. Nietzsche said, “the Platonic dialogue was the raft . . . on which the earlier poe…

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Figal, Günter, “Plato”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024400>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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