The Platonic Forms

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A look at Plato's Theory of Ideas.

Submitted: July 23, 2017

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Submitted: July 23, 2017



1: Is everything in the world really just an ambiguous version of the thing that it is striving to become? That is to say, is there an eternal, featureless world, a world of ideas, that exists beyond what the eye can readily identify that contains a perfect representation of what we in this material world have yet to sophisticate?

2: Plato would have answered yes to  the questions posed in the aforesaid.  Forms, he asserts, are out there in a world that exists apart from the one we actually see and participate in.  He further explains that our souls are trying to reconstruct, in our material world, the immaterial objects we once knew in the world of the Forms, before we became reincarnated souls.

3: The world of Forms cannot be adequately replicated in the material  world.  A vague variation of an ideal Form is all we in the material world can reproduce.  Essentially, according to Plato, everything in our material world is in a constant state of change and decay.  In other words, no Form can here be perfected. 

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