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Peter Herz: Use of Plato as a moniker is only as a tribute to one of the greatest thinkers ever

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Submitted by Plato (India), Jul 2, 2009 at 08:52

Peter you wrote,

>>Plato, as a Christian, I hold no candle for Islam. But why, as a scientific secularist, do you choose the monikker of such a mystic?<<

Mystic or not the original Plato is the philosophers' philosopher. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson on Plato 'Plato is philosophy, and philosophy is Plato, - at once the glory and the shame of mankind, since neither Saxon nor Roman have availed to add any idea to his categories….'

The moniker I use is just a tribute to a great thinker who used dialogue rather fiats and dictates like monotheist religions to advance his ideas.

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Plato

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