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In the Myth of the Cave the final step is to look at the Sun The Sun symbolizes the Form of the Good For later Neoplatonists the Form of the Good is the One The One is the source of existence itself It is pure Being the source of the existence of all beings During the Christian Middle Ages the One becomes God specifically God the Father This is God as the eternal Creator of the world God the Father or Creator is the Hegelian Absolute Hegel wasnt the first to use this term or idea Fichte and Schelling had used it before him and its an important idea throughout the whole 19th century At the end of the 19th century the American philosopher Josiah Royce wrote about the Absolute He described the Absolute as a self-mirroring or self-representative system Self-representative systems are infinitely complex Although Royce was writing nearly 100 years after Hegel his idea of the Absolute is somewhat clearer and is a good place to start As an example of an Absolute system Royce describes a perfect map of England that exists within England A map of England contained within England is to represent down to the minutest detail every contour and marking natural or artificial that occurs upon the surface of England the map in order to be complete according to the rule given will have to contain as a part of itself a representation of its own contour and contents In order that this representation should be constructed the representation itself will have to contain once more as a part of itself a representation of its own contour and contents and this representation in order to be exact will have once more to contain an image of itself and so on without limit We should at once observe that in this one assertion A part of England perfectly maps all England
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