Plato - The Sun as an analogy of the Form of the 'Good'

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Although Plato argues for the existence of the Forms, he gives no certain argument for the
existence of the Form of Good. He assumes that the audience agrees that is exists.
The only way of describing the Form of Good is by showing Good in the intelligible realm and
the visible realm.
Sun Form of the Good
Source of light in the visible realm Source of truth in the intelligible realm
Allows particulars to grow Imparts reality to the Forms
Lights the world and allows eyes to see Imparts intelligibility and allows the mind
to know
Plato believes that the way that the Form of Good imparts reality onto other Forms is that they
somehow partake in it. He is not very clear about how they do this.
Forms are said to be `simple', but if we cannot be clear that they partake in the ultimate Form of
Good, then they may not be so simple afterall.
Plato may argue that the Form of Good supplies a nation of `complete perfection' ­ all
other forms must partake in this; E.G. the Form of Justice is not Justice, it is `perfect Justice'. Any Form
is therefore only comprehensible when one understands the notion of perfection which is derived
from the Form of the Good.


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