Essays Tagged: "Form of the Good"

Explain the Criticisms of Plato's Theory of the Forms.

Plato's theory of forms, also called his theory of ideas, states that there is another world, separate from the materi ... ere is another world, separate from the material world that we live in called the "eternal world of forms". This world, to Plato, is more real than the one we live in. His theory is shown in his Alleg ... we live in is constantly changing, he assumed there must be something else. In his eternal world of forms, there is an ideal form of every object there is in this world. Plato answers the question "wh ...

(6 pages) 290 0 5.0 Aug/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

This is a description of Plato's Theory of Forms: his view on the being and god. It was for a non-philosophy major class, but is quite formal. I would just look over the grammar a bit.

Samantha FremdPlato's Theory of FormsThe Theory of Forms, also known as the Theory of Ideas, is perhaps the most well known aspect o ... f being ridiculed. . . But, then again, what do I know? I learned much more about Plato's Theory of Forms while on my quest for knowledge so now I am enlightened.Plato expounded his Theory of Forms ov ... theories were being refined over this period and were never fully explained in any one dialogue. A form is an abstract property or quality. Take any property of an object, separate it from that objec ...

(5 pages) 112 0 3.5 Nov/2003

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

The kind of knowledge Plato has in mind in his theory of forms is not the kind of knowledge needed to rule a city.

ot try to blend with the army as the army does not blend with the rulers. When they individually perform their responsibilities, the community becomes one.Prudence, also known as wisdom, is found in t ... defined by society, his/her actions are considered to be immoral. When each of the three classes perform its own function and does its own job in the community, then this is morality (Lee 434c).The hu ...

(8 pages) 89 0 3.8 Jan/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

God and The Good Itself

ust all be present for one to fully be aware of and understand the good (155). Plato said "that the form of the good is the most important thing to learn about and that it's by their relation to it th ... n understand what knowledge is even though knowledge isn't a being (158).In the knowable realm, the form of the good is the last thing to be seen, and it is reached only with difficulty. Once one has ...

(12 pages) 132 0 3.5 Mar/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

Comparison of Plato and Aristotle's Philosophies

rom these things. The real, on the other hand, is unchanging, static, eternal. He aims to grasp the Forms and to contemplate the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, and to remain caught up in contempla ... a way of comprehending them.Plato is committed to the idea that reality is ultimately rational. His Forms are definite realities made up and bonded together in perfectly rational ways, and together th ...

(4 pages) 150 0 3.8 May/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

"The kind of knowledge Plato has in mind in his theory of forms is not the kind of knowledge needed to rule a city".

ot try to blend with the army as the army does not blend with the rulers. When they individually perform their responsibilities, the community becomes one.Prudence, also known as wisdom, is found in t ... defined by society, his/her actions are considered to be immoral. When each of the three classes perform its own function and does its own job in the community, then this is morality (Lee 434c).The hu ...

(8 pages) 42 0 0.0 Jul/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

An essay on Plato's theory of forms.

Plato's theory of forms is strongly based on what is real and what is not. What is real is thought to be perfect, but ... t, but something cannot be real or perfect if it is always changing. He explains that the "World of forms" is very different to the "World of appearances". The "World of forms" can only be properly un ... who seek knowledge, not by the ignorant or those who do not wish to learn the truth. The theory of forms makes a distinction between those objects that are real and those that are only real in our mi ...

(4 pages) 86 0 3.0 Nov/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

Why does Plato believe that philosophers should rule?

rates who was democratically condemned to death -this can partly explain Plato's anger against this form of government. In the Republic he describes his ideal human society ruled by philosophers. I wi ... about what is beautiful for instance- but one should make the effort to reach their essence, their Form as Plato points out through the Cave Simile (514a-518c). The Forms -eidos in Greek- are abstrac ...

(5 pages) 120 0 5.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science > Political Theory

Explain Plato's concept of the Forms - "Plato's concept of Forms is of little use in understanding the physical world." Discuss. [17]

a) Explain Plato's concept of "Forms" [33]Plato, an ancient Greek philosopher living around 400 BCE, came to an belief that as well ... that as well as the visible world, there was in fact another, separate 'world' which contained the 'Forms'. Forms are what Plato understood to be the reality that lies behind each concept and object i ... know how to categorise objects, animals and concepts, however warped they may be from their mundane Form. He believed there to be a difference between that which we recognise with our senses and that ...

(6 pages) 61 0 5.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Well-Governed Societies of Plato and St. Thomas Aquinas

ading to dissimilar views on the right way to govern a society. The metaphysics of Plato focused on Forms, concepts and abstractions of actual objects that are detached from these items. To Aquinas, i ... Law set up rules of the universe in addition to these absolute concepts, while Plato trusted in the Forms (the pure object of knowledge). It is these foundations that played a key role in the formatio ...

(6 pages) 36 0 3.0 Mar/2007

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

A Critical Analysis: "Aristotle's Dilemma". Aristotle's Dilemma written by A. F. Mackay.

attacks the Fast Argument. In this argument, Aristotle attempts to make the point that Plato’s Form of the Good is not “the chief good” based upon the fact that its eternality does not ... tion is not at all relevant to the independence of the degree of goodness and the eternality of the Form of the Good. He further notes that the duration of pleasure increases that quality’s goodn ...

(4 pages) 20 0 4.3 Nov/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

A Look into Platos Arguments and the Definitions to His Terms

is the way that it is, you point to some properties that the object has. That is, you explain what forms the object is a copy of. Things are only said to exist as they have order or structure or form ... f all objects as well as of their intelligibility. For example of a sun metaphor to explain how the forms in general, and the form of the Good in particular, are causes in these two ways. Just as the ...

(5 pages) 594 0 0.0 Nov/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Representation and Analysis of the Allegory of the Cave

cave for what it truly is and then there is the rest of society, who cannot grasp what he calls the Forms. This allegory is a fitting representation of present day society in the way that it describes ... world that most people know. He finds that shadows are merely copies of true objects, these are the forms. He then comes back to tell the people of how the world really is and because they have only e ...

(6 pages) 4 0 0.0 Oct/2014

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Explain the relationship between Plato's Form of the good and the other Forms

Alice ChapmanExplain the relationship between Plato's form of the good and the other Forms (25)Plato believed that behind every concept or object in the v ... nd every concept or object in the visible world, that there is an unseen reality which he calls its Form. However things such as number and evil don't have a form. The forms may be seen as an ideal im ... cular earthly examples (beauty and trees etc) which Plato calls particulars. He emphasised that the Form's exist in their own right in the world of Forms. They're not just ideas created by people's mi ...

(5 pages) 5 0 0.0 Oct/2014

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy