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PLATOS THEORY OF FORMS According to Plato The forms are not concepts in the mind but are existing realities apart from the mind The forms are eternal and immutable Forms are imperfectly reflected in human affairs and language limits us in how we can explain these forms The forms are out there somewhere The world from which these forms are described to come from is not one that can be viewed by the human eye but is visible as pattern We can believe in the existence of ideal standards without claiming to possess them The belief in an absolute that we do not possess is often the best way to understand the concept of it When looking at Platos theory of forms you realise how clear it is that this philosophy is essential to realise Platos way of thinking and rationalising Plato came to the conclusion that the theory of forms was based on two points 1We can have knowledge eg maths and a basic understanding and recognition of object and other things However we can never see the true knowledge or true object 2The knowledge of the world of forms cannot come through the senses The forms are immutable and the knowledge of them is in our souls which are also immutable but the knowledge lays dormant Platos belief in these two main points was explained in two worlds the material world this is the solid world we live in the world we know as reality Then there is the empirical the perfect world of pattern and form The world we have imitated imperfectly Plato also believed that the body and soul are dualist meaning separate This is part of Platos philosophy of body and soul He believed the body belonged to the material world and that the soul belonged to the empirical world Plato believed that the knowledge of the empirical world laid dormant and that our senses are what blurs us
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