When you look at the history of philosophy you’ll see that everybody agrees that it starts with Thales. But if we are talking about meaningful philosophy it starts with Plato. His predecessors concerned with ontology. It was important because they thought it would mean knowing the first principles. Knowing the first principles would give them the ability to affect the outcomes. But why I say meaningful philosophy starts with him? Because our dude Plato, and his mentor Socrates, dabbled not only in ontology. They discussed ethics,values and created a freaking utopia.
So let’s begin by who was he?

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