Western philosophy is just a series of footnotes to Plato  

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"The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato" (1929) is a famous dictum by Alfred Whitehead first uttered in Process and Reality. It is sometimes shortened to "Western philosophy is just a series of footnotes to Plato."

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