scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,727
The Forms vs the Cosmos The world of Forms 1 The world of being everything in this world always is has no becoming and does not change28a 2 It is apprehended by the understanding not by the senses The physical world the Cosmos 1 The world of becoming everything in this world comes to be and passes away but never really is 28a 2 It is grasped by opinion and sense-perception 3 The cosmos itself came into being created using as its model the world of Forms The Demiurge Creator Literally craftsman The creator of Platos physical world is not a divine intelligence or a personal ruler but as it were a manual laborer Cf Vlastos Platos Universe pp 26-27 That the supreme god of Platos cosmos should wear the mask of a manual worker is a triumph of the philosophical imagination over ingrained social prejudice But this divine mechanic is not a drudge He is an artist or more precisely what an artist would have to be in Platos conception of art not the inventor of new form but the imposer of pre-existing form on as yet formless material The Elements The physical world must have bodily form it must be visible and tangible 31b Hence its ingredients must include fire and earth Since fire and earth will have to be combined there must be at least one other ingredient that serves to combine them But since fire and earth are solids we require two intermediates to combine them Hence the demiurge created air and water and arranged all four elements proportionally as fire is to air air is to water as air is to water water is to earth As we will see below we have not reached the bottom with these four elements there are geometrical atoms of which these elements are composed Features
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA