Plato was an Ancient Greek philosopher who lived during the fourth and fifth centuries B.C.E. He is famous for his Socratic dialogues, which depicted the philosopher Socrates in conversation with other thinkers; his work Phaedrus is one of these dialogues. Phaedrus studies Plato at the University of Chicago and realizes that Plato turned the Sophist thinkers’ Quality-like notion of “the Good” into a rational concept, thus allowing other philosophers like Aristotle to diminish the role of Quality in western thought for millennia to come.
The timeline below shows where the character Plato appears in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...of ancient times was a rhetorician who is immortalized as an interlocutor in one of Plato’s Socratic dialogues. Phaedrus was present for the invention of reason, the narrator explains, and when... (full context)
...Professor of Philosophy is out sick for many consecutive weeks. In the interim, Phaedrus studies Plato’s text, Phaedrus. His health and sanity are faltering, as his obligations force him to work... (full context)