Currently all notes for the IGCSE sections A  and D are compete and there are some notes for RS AS and A2 DCT.  Notes are added in roughly syllabus order.

In contrast to reticence about himself, Plato often introduced his distinguished relatives into his dialogues, or referred to them with some precision: Charmides has a dialogue named after him; Critias speaks in both Charmides and Protagoras ; and Adeimantus and Glaucon take prominent parts in the Republic . [26] These and other references suggest a considerable amount of family pride and enable us to reconstruct Plato's family tree . According to Burnet, "the opening scene of the Charmides is a glorification of the whole [family] connection ... Plato's dialogues are not only a memorial to Socrates, but also the happier days of his own family." [27]

Hobbes gained a reputation in many fields. He was known as a scientist (especially in optics), as a mathematician (especially in geometry), as a translator of the classics, as a writer on law, as a disputant in metaphysics and epistemology; not least, he became notorious for his writings and disputes on religious questions. But it is for his writings on morality and politics that he has, rightly, been most remembered. Without these, scholars might remember Hobbes as an interesting intellectual of the seventeenth century; but few philosophers would even recognize his name.

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Due to a lack of surviving accounts, little is known about Plato 's early life and education. The philosopher came from one of the wealthiest and most politically ...


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