Xenocrates

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Xenocrates

(zĭnŏk`rətēz), 396–314 B.C., Greek philosopher, b. Chalcedon, successor of Speusippus as head of the AcademyAcademy,
school founded by Plato near Athens c.387 B.C. It took its name from the garden (named for the hero Academus) in which it was located. Plato's followers met there for nine centuries until, along with other pagan schools, it was closed by Emperor Justinian in A.D. 529.
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. He was a disciple of Plato, whom he accompanied to Sicily in 361 B.C. His ascetic life and noble character greatly influenced his pupils. He was the first to divide philosophy into dialectic (or logic), physics, and ethics, the latter two being his principal themes. He held that mathematical objects and the Platonic Ideas are both substances, and both identical, causing Aristotle to say of him that he "made ideal and mathematical number the same." His Platonic ethics taught that virtue produces happiness, although external goods can contribute. Only fragments of his work survive.

Xenocrates

temperate philosopher, noted for contempt of wealth. [Gk. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1169]

Xenocrates

?396--314 bc, Greek Platonic philosopher