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Old 05-01-2013, 06:39 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by believenothing View Post

If Plato's account is a literal account, if his account was accurate
But Plato was a philosopher, not an historian. The motive for creating the tale of Atlantis to be found in "Critias" and "Timaeus" was to warn contemporary Athenians about the dangers of moral degeneration. So while there's "truth" - of a philosophical sort - in these accounts, it's not necessarily accompanied by abundant amounts of historical and geological accuracy. In order to make a philosphical point, Plato was making up a story:
... human reason has limits, and when it reaches them it has to rely on myth ...
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