Plato And Renaissance Philosophy

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Plato, a Greek philosopher and mathematician, was a central figure of Renaissance philosophy. “Platonism, as if often noted, constituted intellectual premise for the renaissance recovery of Plato. The renewed interest in Plato was the result of contact between Italian humanists and erudite Byzantines.” (The Cambridge Companion, pg. 262) Yet, a central figure of Renaissance philosophy, he was also a literal, central figure of the painting by Raphael. Plato holds his book, Timeus, in the painting, which fixates on the transcendent and metaphysical nature of humanity. Standing besides Aristotle, the audience can obviously tell the difference between the two with their distinct physical features. Being Aristotle’s teacher, Plato appears physically…show more content…
“Reason, Aristotle has told us, is present in man as a faculty only. The active operation of thought is determined by the development of this faculty.” (jstor.org) Aristotle had these very down to earth ideas of human nature, exemplifying the ability human beings have to rationally reason where science can form. (The Journal of Speculative philosophy) Logic was one of Aristotle’s achievements, the ability to correctly reason and systematically approach inferences. “Those who say that the soul is the sphere or home of forms are right if their statement is limited to the highest or rational stage of the soul’s development: and if we understand the reason to be potentially identical with the forms and not actually so.” As long as the individual would proclaim to the use of reason, Aristotle would in fact let that suffice because reason is a vital key to life especially with philosophy. (Mind, pg.310) Logic is considered to be a more practical and mathematical way to solving problems, which Plato would consider to be of the intelligible realm where solely mathematics is…show more content…
Art is another form of communication; instead of verbally communicating, Raphael, like all painters visually connected the audience to his paintings. He expressed his certain thoughts through art. The School of Athens touched on the ideals of philosophy through an interdisciplinary approach. Philosophy and all types of thinking enlightened human knowledge throughout history, from ancient epochs to modern years. “The Renaissance recovery of ancient skepticism continued to stimulate debates in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.” (The Cambridge Companion, pg. 261) Skepticism is a type of philosophy where one denies any theoretical or practical possibility of human reason or knowledge. Skeptics to this day are ones unsure of the possibilities of life, just like philosophers. Isn’t everyone skeptic about a lot of things though? It is impossible to find proof on everything. That is what philosophy is trying to obtain, the final truth, the absolute truth that could solve all our problems, but the matter of the fact is that we are not even close to that telos, philosophy is an endless ideology, always growing and
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