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Philosopher File: Aspasia
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Philosopher File: Aspasia

Will Buckingham
Will Buckingham
Along with Diotima, Aspasia was one of the two women philosophers whom Plato recognised as a teacher of Socrates. Her biography is subject to debate, but she is still famous for her knowledge of rhetoric and her skill in debate.
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Philosopher File: Confucius
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Philosopher File: Confucius

Will Buckingham
Will Buckingham
Confucius is one of history's most influential philosophers. His insights have shaped the cultures of East Asia and beyond for centuries. Confucius was a reformer who aimed to refashion society on the basis of justice and virtue. And yet, during his lifetime, his teachings were largely ignored.
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Philosopher File: Diotima
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Philosopher File: Diotima

Will Buckingham
Will Buckingham
Diotima was a teacher of Socrates, a priestess, and a philosopher of love. She appears only once in contemporary accounts, in the work of Plato; and for centuries, scholars have debated her historicity. But whether or not she truly existed, the ideas attributed to her are both subtle and powerful.
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Philosopher File: Thales of Miletus
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Philosopher File: Thales of Miletus

Will Buckingham
Will Buckingham
Thales of Miletus has some claim to being the very earliest philosopher in the Greek world. He is famous for his claim that everything is made of water. As well as being a philosopher, he was an engineer, an astronomer, and an astute observer of the natural world.
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Philosopher File: Socrates
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Philosopher File: Socrates

Will Buckingham
Will Buckingham
Socrates lived in Athens in the 5th Century BCE. He was the archetypal philosopher: a restless seeker after wisdom, a thorn in the side of the intelligentsia of Athens, a copious drinker, and a thinker who claimed that when it came down to it, he knew nothing at all.
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