Plato's Forms

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Plato's Forms


  • encourages us to question everything
  • explains the Problem of Evil
  • explains the imperfections in the world
  • explains recognition (remembering and recognising)
  • opens mind to new possibilities


  • lack of evidence
  • form of everything eg. cancer
  • critical of our senses
  • infinite regress
  • 'Good' is absolutist; can be seen as relative


The forms relate to the real world and in there, there are shadows which link to these forms. For instance, the dogs on earth would be an imitation of the Form of Dog. Plato's idea of the form's suggested humans moving closer or further away from perfection. He did this through his Analogy of the Cave


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