Acquiring New Knowledge
Modern western philosophy differs from most other philosophical ideals, before those of Descartes, in the way that it is, to an extent, rather infatuated with the idea of constantly obtaining new knowledge. Specifically, Plato was somewhat captivated by and formed many philosophies regarding to knowledge and the obtaining thereof. As a young man Plato became Socrates’ student. He soon became Socrates most prized student and protégé. Due to past experiences Plato has with Socrates, it comes as no surprise to know that there are a great many similarities between the philosophies each propose. Plato has been recognized as the forefather of western philosophy.
Plato believed that society as a whole needs to be ruled by people who have a certain sense of what needs to be done and what comes as a priority. Plato considered how society can best nurture and instruct its philosophers. Plato supposed that the upbringing of a child is largely to blame for if they are educated enough to keep obtaining knowledge. He also saw that the idea that one could potentially be famous or have vast amounts of monetary gain with that fame can cloud the judgment of even the brightest young mind and prevent them from a deeper learning. He theorized that the individuals who were more conducive to learning and able to grasp concepts easily need to be educated the most. Basically, anybody who is naturally
inclined to philosophical study needs to be educated beyond those who do not have a natural disposition to philosophy.
Plato believed an important faction of knowledge was to recognize reality. The term ‘‘reality’’ is relative to a matter of opinion, and there are rather enormous differences between one person’s opinion or point of view compared to another. Plato’s philosophy called for the thought that there four segments in which human intellect is divided. Each of these pieces of human apprehension, however, were not equally important in Plato’s mind. The...