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Identify and explain an interesting aspect of Classical Greek Philosophy.

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ladyc60 | Valedictorian

Posted September 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM via web

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Identify and explain an interesting aspect of Classical Greek Philosophy.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM (Answer #1)

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One interesting aspect of Greek Classical Philosophy is how it asserted the ability to find harmony and a sense of unity in a fragmented world.  From the time of Socrates, Greek Classical Philosophy was rooted in finding harmony and a sense of totality within consciousness.  Rooted in Socrates' assertion about how the unexamined life is not worth living and seen in Plato's Republic, there is a faith in human reason.  This faith and zeal in rational thought is what provides the vehicle to achieve "the good, the true, and the beautiful."  There is little tragic in what it means to be a human being. It is interesting to note this for a couple of reasons. One reason is because this Classical tenet is seen in modern thought.  In many academic circles, there is a desire to reclaim this condition of consciousness.  

Greek Classical philosophy offers its harmonious vision in the midst of a social configuration filled with stratification and a hierarchy that empowered some and effectively removed power from others,.  In the midst of a condition where there was much in way of inequality and powerlessness, the intellectual strands of Greek Classical Philosophy offers a vision of unity and totality that proves to be interesting and relevant to modern thought.

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