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Greek Wisdom on Man

Exposition of the different philosophical discussion of the Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates as regards the nature of man.

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Table of contents

Introduction 2
The Cosmic Computer 2
Man and Virtue 3
Man and the Problem of Evil 3
Comment 4
The One and the Many 4
Man and Knowledge 4
The Perfect Model 5
Man and Contemplation 5
Contemplation and Imitation 5
References 6

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The Greek philosopher Socrates, Plato (429 – 348 B. C.) and Aristotle (384 – 228 B. C.) – taught that the proper way to solve the problem of man is to first inquire into and discover the true nature of man.

Like the Oriental Sages, Buddha and Lau Tzu, the Greek philosophers, Plato and Socrates, believed that man’s soul pre-existed in body. In his original idea existence as a soul or pure mind in the realm of ideas, man knew all things by direct intuition, and had all this knowledge store in mind However, because of his banishment into this world of sense, he blurred or forgot all or most of what he knew. The solution to his present problems caused mostly of ignorance or lack of knowledge, can be found by recalling all what he knew clearly in his former existence. Hence, Socrates counsels man to know him, for in knowing himself ...

... infinite joy, which the Christian Plato, St. Paul, describes as that beauty which no mortal eye has ever seen nor ears ever heard.

Contemplation and Imitation

Contemplation, in the Platonic sense, does not mean passive thinking and/or inaction, much less more speculation. Platonic contemplation does not only mean knowing and appreciating the GOOD, but the constant doing of the GOOD; more specifically, it means IMITATING THE GOOD EXEMPLAR AND LIVING THE GOOD by leading a good life. Happiness to Plato consists not merely in constantly feeling good but in being and doing well.
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Humanistic Studies
Benjamin I.

The Greeks are the great propagator of wisdom, of good philosophy. One can not avoid to mention Plato, Socrates and other philosophers. Their legacy on philosophy has been preserved in posterity.

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