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What is Nirvana? Indian religion

By |2018-04-23T15:20:30+00:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Wheel of Life (Konark Sun temple, Odisha, India, 1200s AD) About 300 BC, Hindu people in India began to feel that they didn't like the idea of being reincarnated over and over again forever. Instead, they wondered what it would be like to be free from greed, money, work and slavery. People thought maybe it would be better to [...]

Plato and forms – Greek philosophy

By |2018-04-23T09:41:27+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Plato's forms: Two men sacrifice a pig on an altar, preparing to eat the pork. Athens, 400s BC Plato's forms We've already seen that Plato said that chairs have forms. But if chairs have ideal forms, then so do people. The ideal form of a man is his soul, according to Plato. The [...]

Who is Plato? Greek philosophy – Allegory of the Cave

By |2018-06-13T19:13:31+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

Who is Plato? Socrates probably taught Plato in this part of Athens, near the Athenian Agora (but the temple wasn't there yet) Plato's rich family The Greek philosopher Plato was born about 429 BC, close to the time when Pericles died. He died in 347 BC, just after the birth of Alexander the [...]