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10 Great Minds From Throughout History

10 Great Minds From Throughout History

Since the first modern homo sapiens emerged some 50,000 years ago, it’s estimated that 107 billion human beings have at one time or another lived on planet Earth. The overwhelmingly vast majority of these people have been forgotten by history, but there are a very few individuals whose names and achievements will echo through the …

How to Cite Plato (Stephanus Numbers)

How to Cite Plato (Stephanus Numbers)

When you cite Plato in a paper, cite by dialogue title and Stephanus number. This is the number & letter in the margin in most editions of Plato’s works. It refers to the page and line numbers from an edition of Plato’s complete works, published in 1578 by Henricus Stephanus of Geneva. Stephanus numbers give …

PLATO ON: The Allegory of the Cave

PLATO ON: The Allegory of the Cave

The ancient Greeks were emphatic that philosophy was not just an elaborate abstract exercise. It was, they felt, a deeply useful skill that should be learned and practiced by all, in order to help us to live and die well. No one believed this more than Plato. Who was passionate in his defense of philosophy …

Is Anything Real?

Is Anything Real?

Hey, Vsauce. Michael here. Where are your fingers? Seriously. It’s a pretty easy question. You should be able to answer it. But how do you know? How does anyone know anything? You might say, well, I know where my fingers are. I’m looking right at them. Or, I can touch them, I can feel them, …