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Amidst the conversational deductions Plato makes in The Republic about the creation of an ideal society and the meaning of justice Plato reveals his understanding and definitions of the ideal concepts of essence which he refers to as Forms the nature of reality and our perceptions as human beings Through means of question and answer logical conclusions and analogies Plato concludes that the Forms are the only true objects of knowledge and that true knowledge operates independently of physical objects and only in the World of Being By first defining belief knowledge and his concept of the Forms and then displaying their relationships to one another through the use of analogies Plato thoroughly analyzes the concept of true wisdom During Platos discussion of the philosopher king he comes to a point where he feels he must define philosophy itself He begins to contemplate the relation between the Forms knowledge and belief Plato explains that the Forms resemble the mathematical laws of nature such as the motions of the cosmos and the harmonies of sounds produced by different lengths of plucked strings These fundamental principles are unseen unchanging and independent of the objects upon which they act He defines the Forms as a unity of phenomenon a pattern found in its objects which exists independently of the minds workings and the world of physical flux He defines this world of Forms as the world of being Apart from this world real objects are merely an imperfect reflection of their true Form By using the analogy of a the man who believes in beautiful things but not in absolute beauty itself Plato explains that this man would agree that the beautiful objects do contain to a certain d egree some ugliness From this Plato concludes that Forms must exclude any form of its opposite in order for it to be completely existing of the ideal essence By proving the nature of the world of Forms there
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