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How was Plato significant in Western Civilization? How did his writings influence ethics and politics? Reference The Republic, The Symposium, and Socrates's dialogues.

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Western thought is indebted to Plato in many ways. It is known for certain that early Christian thinkers, like Augustine or Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite, read and commented on Plato. Augustine was a platonist himself before turning to Christianity, and he used his knowledge of Plato's doctrine to answer key questions about the essence of God. As for the Areopagite, his neo-platonic vision of Christianity strikes such a chord that Benedict XVI said in 2008 that his thought would be an interesting direction in which to renew Catholic faith. These are only examples of Plato's lasting influence in the realm of religion. I will briefly discuss another, less recognized major influence of Plato on Western Civilization.

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lifeinlove | Student

Then I don't really understand post #3.

Post #4 basically is saying that Plato a greater impact on western spirituallity than in anything else?

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lifeinlove | Student

Did Plato have any politically influence on Wester Civilization?

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