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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-A001-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The Academy was a public gymnasium in northwest Athens. Plato taught there, and the Academy remained the centre of Platonic philosophizing until the first century bc. Hence the term ‘Academy’ came to be used to designate Plato’s school; members of the school were called ‘Academics’. (And hence, ultimately, the modern use of the words to describe intellectual institutions and their members.)

Citing this article:
Barnes, Jonathan. Academy, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-A001-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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