(470/469 – 399 BC)
was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher
credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.
He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly
through the accounts of classical writers,
especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon
and the plays of his
Plato's dialogues are among the most
accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity,
it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself
is "hidden behind
his 'best disciple', Plato".