Essays Tagged: "Theory of Forms"

Imitation; Truthful or Deceptive? The concept of art to Plato and Aristotle

As literary critics, Plato and Aristotle disagree profoundly about the value of art in human society. Plato attempts to strip artists of the power and p ... ts of the power and prominence they enjoy in his society, while Aristotle tries to develop a method of inquiry to determine the merits of an individual work of art. It is interesting to note that thes ... the merits of an individual work of art. It is interesting to note that these two disparate notions of art are based upon the same fundamental assumption: that art is a form of mimesis, of imitation. ...

(7 pages) 227 1 4.8 Dec/2002

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

A look at plato and why he was a classical writer.

upon.Plato during his lifetime developed what is known to be the "World of Ideals and Forms". This theory described that in a separate place from earth, there was a place where the perfect forms and ...

(2 pages) 25 0 3.0 Oct/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 know ... for fear of 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 o ... barks of a dog, not just this dog, participate or copy this same form of the bark. Capece? Plato's theory of forms combines his account of knowledge and of the nature of reality (i.e., his epistemolo ...

(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.

these various aspects of the soul and how they are interrelated. It discusses how Plato applies his theory of the individual soul to his theory of the proper political order of the state. It ends with ... to his theory of the proper political order of the state. It ends with a personal assessment of the theory.According to Plato, the four virtues of the human soul are prudence, courage, temperance and ...

(8 pages) 89 0 3.8 Jan/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Political Science

Plato's Cosmology: The Timaeus

ach particle is composed of elementary right triangles. The particles are like the molecules of the theory; the triangles are its atoms.The argument that all bodies are ultimately composed of elementa ... sides of 24 a's each, for 480 a's altogether).Final ReflectionsComparison with predecessorsPlato's theory combines elements of the views of many of his predecessors.1.PythagorasLike Pythagoras, he ma ...

(11 pages) 56 0 5.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

Phaedo

gaze of an intellect, but of having certain abilities and capacities. Cf. Aristotle and Ryle.]#The Theory of Forms1. A general metaphysical and epistemological theory. Central to all of Plato's thoug ... ot stated in any one dialogue; we must cull from several (but principally Phaedo and Republic).2. A theory of postulated abstract objects, deriving from the Socratic "What is X?" question, which presu ...

(8 pages) 117 0 4.5 Feb/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Comparative Philosophy & Ethics

The Allegory of the Cave

ry of the cave is supposed to explain this.3. In the allegory, Plato likens people untutored in the Theory of Forms to prisoners chained in a cave, unable to turn their heads. All they can see is the ...

(2 pages) 125 1 4.4 Feb/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

Does Plato succeed in demonstrating that philosophers make the best rulers?

. Plato's concept of what politics and government should be is a direct result of his belief in the theory of forms. The theory of forms basically states that there is a higher "form" for everything t ... he may not make any better a ruler than someone who is virtuous because of correct belief. Plato's theory, therefore, really depends on philosophy actually be able to produce wise people, which to me ...

(7 pages) 125 0 4.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

Phaedo: The Immortality of the Soul

The philosophical discussion begins as Cebes brings up Socrates' Theory of Recollection, which claims that all learning is recollection. Simmias cannot quite remembe ... on, which claims that all learning is recollection. Simmias cannot quite remember the proof of that theory, and asks for an explanation. Socrates begins by pointing out that we can be reminded of one ... l immediately be reminded of the person whose lyre or clothing it is.Socrates now re-introduces the Theory of Forms, making Simmias agree that there is such a thing as Equality itself--something that ...

(4 pages) 97 0 3.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays

Explain why Plato thinks Philosophers should be Kings?

Plato's strategy in the Republic is to explicate the primary notion of societal or political justice and then parallel it to the concept of individual justice. Before h ... state its definition, by showing justice in its perfect form in order to discover the true essence of it. Therefore, Socrates claims that the only way to have a perfect state is if the state has a pe ... ly way to have a perfect state is if the state has a perfect leader, thus he introduces the concept of the philosopher-king.Plato identifies political justice as harmony in a structured political body ...

(5 pages) 111 0 5.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

Plato's "Myth of the cave"

Plato's "Myth of the cave" is an argument that we can't be sure we know reality. This story illustrates Plato's id ... know reality. This story illustrates Plato's idealism. The objects we see, hear, touch are shadows of the real things. The reason is human beings don't have a full sense of a real and complete life b ... of the world.In this story, Plato use a dialog between a teacher and student, it describes a group of prisoners chained inside a cave, sit behind a fire, they can't see each other or the nature of re ...

(2 pages) 19575 0 4.5 Mar/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies

The main argument of the Phaedo for the Theory of Recollection and the Immortality of the Soul

The main argument Plato expressed in Phaedo (through Socrates) regarding the Theory of Recollection and his philosophy on the Immortality of the Soul can be explained as follows ... e them before birth. A priori knowledge, which is based on our having these concepts, is prenatal. (Theory of Recollection) Our soul had to have these concepts before birth, so it had to exist before ... and beginning of motion to all that moves besides."Socrates goes on to explain how he 'proves' this theory of recollection "But if unbegotten, it must also be indestructible; for if beginning were des ...

(3 pages) 98 0 0.0 Apr/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

The Philosophy of Life

any different epistemological theories put forward throughout the ages. Everyone has his or her own theory of what constitutes knowledge. I do not think that anyone can ever know anything for certain. ... they knew that the earth was the center of the universe. How can we be sure that anything we have a theory about today is correct and will not be proven wrong? The perfect truth may exist but it can n ...

(7 pages) 167 0 4.6 Jul/2005

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".

these various aspects of the soul and how they are interrelated. It discusses how Plato applies his theory of the individual soul to his theory of the proper political order of the state. It ends with ... to his theory of the proper political order of the state. It ends with a personal assessment of the theory.According to Plato, the four virtues of the human soul are prudence, courage, temperance and ...

(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 per ... and those 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 ... ring the "Form of Good" and therefore Plato believed that philosophy made you a better person. This theory is important for understanding and objects true nature. For example, a cat is not a dog and n ...

(4 pages) 86 0 3.0 Nov/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Contemporary Philosophy

Philosophical discussion regarding Socrates' Theory of Recollection

The philosophical discussion begins as Cebes brings up Socrates' Theory of Recollection, which claims that all learning is recollection. Simmias cannot quite remembe ... on, which claims that all learning is recollection. Simmias cannot quite remember the proof of that theory, and asks for an explanation. Socrates begins by pointing out that we can be reminded of one ... eloved, one will immediately be reminded of the person whose clothing it is.Socrates introduces the Theory of Forms, making Simmias agree that there is such a thing as Equality itself - something that ...

(4 pages) 41 0 5.0 Feb/2006

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Psychological Theories & Authors

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

ists' in the physical world, resulting in no need for science, or perhaps religion.However, Plato's theory has many weaknesses, resulting in little understanding of the physical world through his conc ... than things that are beyond the reach of human senses, therefore creating a imperfection in Plato's theory.One question that is yet to be answered is what would happen if all the particulars were dest ...

(6 pages) 61 0 5.0 Oct/2006

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

The Forms in Plato's Republic and Meno

of virtue, the nature of reality, and politics.One of the major theories put forth by Plato is the Theory of Forms. This philosophy attempts to explain the nature of the universe, including both the ... re of the universe, including both the material world and the unseen forces that act within it. The Theory of Forms specifically refers to Plato's belief that the natural world as perceived by us is n ...

(7 pages) 23 1 0.0 Nov/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

A Look into Platos Arguments and the Definitions to His Terms

Plato loves Play-dough"Who recognizes the existence of absolute beauty and is able to distinguish the idea from the objects which participate in the ide ... h the idea from the objects which participate in the idea, neither putting the objects in the place of the idea nor the idea in the place of the objects" Plato begins his argument for beauty. Plato ha ... gins his argument for beauty. Plato has a very plausible argument for beauty. Beauty is in "the eye of the beholder" and is merely an opinion. Also that a beautiful body is not original, and other bea ...

(5 pages) 595 0 0.0 Nov/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

Knowledge and Plato

to that point is supposed to have been nonexistent Plato begins at the very outset by considering a theory of knowledge -- a central component of any complete epistemology - that existed before he beg ... having made the distinction between knowledge and true judgment or opinion, also advanced just this theory that knowledge is true judgment plus an account (or explanation, or reason: in short, justifi ...

(7 pages) 21 0 0.0 Aug/2011

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy