Anybody here interested in philosophy? I always have been interested in the subject myself. While I don't claim to have a whole lot of knowledge on the subject myself, I do know a little bit. First, let me generalize (or OVER-generalize) the philosophies of the three above mentioned philosophers. 1. Socrates/Plato I group Socrates with Plato because their philosophies are rather consistent with each other. I guess since Plato was Socrates student, that would explain why. Most of what we know about Socrates, comes from the writings of Plato. Therefore, I have lumped them together as such. Anyways, Socrates was probably most famous for setting out to define wisdom. He went about the town to some well known wise people and began to question them. After talking to many people, and consequently making them mad, he concluded that "the beginning of all wisdom is the recognition that one is ignorant." Also, he was put to death by the law because they thought he was corrupting Athens youth. In this remarkable story, he calmly describes how he feels about dying as the poison that he drank flows through his body. Interesting philosopher. Plato believed that reality as we see it is only a shadow of what is really real (from the "Allegory of the Cave"). You can go here for the entire translated story Plato also believed that the "mass" of this world were only "forms" of reality. That the real world existed in the spiritual realm and this world is only a shadow of reality. 2. Aristotle Aristotle, on the other hand, was a very different thinker. Although he as a student of Plato, he did not follow the same philosophy. His philosophy concentrated on this world and the here and now. One of his famous philosophies,the "unmoved mover", is explained partially in the link. He believed in cause and effect. That life was a serious of causes and effects and that the beginning of all life had to be by something the "moved itself" or the unmoved mover. He also excelled in mathematics and scientific thought. Producing theories that were not scientifically provable until the 19th century. Conclusion Why were the philosophies of Socrates/Plato so different from Aristotle? A famous painting by Raphael called "The School of Athens" presents in artistic form the very difference between Plato and Aristotle. It was as if the two where asked, where is reality? Plato is shown pointing his finger skyward--as if to say somewhere beyond this world, and Aristotle is shown pointing his finger downward--as if to say right here in this world. Which philosophy would you most subscribe to? Why? The above is a very basic summary. Feel free to add anything to it or correct me if I have a detail or two mixed up. Discuss why you believe what you do, and what other philophies of the three mentioned philosophers strike your interest.