posted on Oct, 3 2017 @ 01:01 PM
There have been many great Philosophers through time. Words of Wisdom bestowed upon our world into the modern era. Many forgotten in the annuls of
You almost expect to hear: "she was a fine philosopher -- for a woman" when hearing about this ancient female prodigy. After all, our
predecessors' opportunities, especially if they were "respectable" women, were nearly non-existent.
Hypatia, however, defies all such qualifiers.
Hypatia was, simply, the last great Alexandrian mathematician and philosopher. By writing a commentary on The Conics of Apollonius of Perga, which
divided cones into sections by a plane, Hypatia made geometry intelligible to her students and ultimately transmissible to the modern world.
Socrates (circa 469—399 BCE) was a classical Greek philosopher and is considered one the founders of Western logic and philosophy. He established an
ethical system based on human reason rather than theological doctrine. He maintained that the more we come to know ourselves, the greater will be our
ability to reason and make choices that lead to true happiness. He is known to us mostly through the writings of his students, particularly Plato.
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
“He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature.”
Pericles (circa 495-429 BCE) was the most prominent and influential Greek statesman and orator during the Golden Age of Athens. In 461, he became the
ruler of Athens, a role he would occupy until his death. During his leadership, he built the Acropolis and the Parthenon and led Athens' recapture of
Delphi, the siege on Samos, and the invasion of Megara. In 429, he died of the plague.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.”
Plato (circa 428—348 BCE) was a Greek philosopher. Like Socrates, he is considered one of the founders of Western philosophy. He was a student of
Socrates’ and a mentor to Aristotle. He founded The Academy of Athens, which was the first institute of higher learning in the Western world.
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
“Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.”