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The Views of Reality of Aristotle and Plato Introduction The purpose of this essay is to compare and contrast the views of reality of both Aristotle and Plato Plato and Aristotle two of some of the greatest philosophers of Ancient Greece were connected in studies Plato was taught by Socrates then Aristotle studied at Platos Academy Plato was the first of the two to study and Aristotle then studied there And upon learning this one would assume that both philosophers shared the same beliefs and theories but in fact quite the opposite although some theories of one gave ideas of theories to another Plato was a great believer in God and Aristotle lived to the rules of science and thus this created the all famous Plato and Aristotle Dichotomy Plato Platos work is very famous and his theories are sometimes used in novels soap operas and movies Plato the older of these two philosophers was born in Athens Greece in 427 BCE and died in 327 BCE He was one of Socrates students and after Socrates death he traveled to Egypt and Italy to work with the students of Pythagoras Soon after he came up with his theory of Ideal Forms This theory was basically that everything was a copy of a perfect model Say for example there was a bowl on a table Well the bowl would be an imperfect copy of the perfect original which existed somewhere And the table was an imperfect copy of the perfect original table Plato also claimed that only people with intelligence people whom he called Guardians could ever see the perfect model or Ideal Form of each thing His second theory was his Theory of Two Worlds the Worlds of Shadows and Ideas This suggested that people only believed what they saw His example was the following simile of the cave He explained it in a hypothetical sort of way
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