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Philosophy
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1. Introduction

In the Republic of Plato (427–347 b.c.) the ideal ruler excels at philosophy, or love of wisdom (Gk. philosophia, from philein, “to love,” and sophia, “wisdom”). This love comprises knowledge of what is highest and best, as well as wisdom in living one’s life well. Its enduring symbol is the owl associated with the goddess Athena. In the popular mind authentic philosophy is wisdom in living, more so than a highest knowledge.

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Brown, Robert F. and Nagl-Docekal, Herta, “Philosophy”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 19 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.92>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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