Kolbe’s Greatest Books Volume 14 (Philosophy)
Plato (424-347 BC) was a Greek philosopher of first rank. His writings are part of most every philosophy curricula in the entire Western World. Plato was taught by Socrates and was, himself, the teacher of the incomparable Aristotle. Together these three are the original founders of both science and philosophy.
In general it may be said that Plato is to St. Augustine as Aristotle is to St. Thomas Aquinas. That is, he is responsible for a great and legitimate school of philosophy that has had more than a major impact on Christian civilization and on Christian philosophy and theology.
Plato’s Republic, Laws and Statesman are the three treatises in which he grappled with the political question . He did in systematic style, relying on previous mastery of metaphysics, ethics and psychology, which is a hallmark of brilliant minds. Plato’s eminence is shared by a rare company of theologians and philosophers including St.Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, the already mentioned Aristotle and Socrates as well as others such as St. Bonaventure, St. Robert Bellarmine and Cicero.