A. Philosophy: Plato VS Aristotle (Similarities & Differences)

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  • VS.
    • PLATO
    • ARISTOTLE
    • Similarities:
      • Neither the PM or the Form of Good (FoG) becomes involved in the physical world
      • Both are perfect and necessary beings - they must exist
      • They are unchanging
        • The FoG can't change as a concept
        • The Prime Mover is unchanging - it is perfect so has complete/ pure actuality
      • Both, to some extent, are indirectly responsible for the existence of things in the world
        • The FoG is an attempt to find permanence in a world of change
        • The PM explains change
  • Similarities:
    • Neither the PM or the Form of Good (FoG) becomes involved in the physical world
    • Both are perfect and necessary beings - they must exist
    • They are unchanging
      • The FoG can't change as a concept
      • The Prime Mover is unchanging - it is perfect so has complete/ pure actuality
    • Both, to some extent, are indirectly responsible for the existence of things in the world
      • The FoG is an attempt to find permanence in a world of change
      • The PM explains change
  • Differences:
    • Aristotle - thinks of goodness as doing your function well (in order to get closer to the PM)
      • Plato - sees goodness as a perfection and an unchanging concept
    • The FoG is an idea -- it does not think
    • Plato - sees goodness as a perfection and an unchanging concept
    • The PM has consciousness - it thinks about itself/ its own nature
      • The FoG is an idea -- it does not think
    • Humans use rationalism to understand the Forms & use philosophy to become better
      • The PM attracts humans & acts as their final cause (telos)
    • VS.
      • PLATO
      • ARISTOTLE
    • The PM attracts humans & acts as their final cause (telos)

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