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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / C. History of Philosophy / 2. Ancient Philosophy / c. Classical philosophy]

Full Idea

The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.

Gist of Idea

European philosophy consists of a series of footnotes to Plato


Alfred North Whitehead (Process and Reality [1929], p.39)

A Reaction

Outsiders think this is a ridiculous remark, but readers of Plato can only be struck by what a wonderful tribute Whitehead has come up with. I would say that at least 80% of this database deals with problems which were discussed at length by Plato.