(a) Explain the concept of ‘Ideals’ in Plato’s writings. [25]

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PLATO'S THEORY OF FORMS

  • he believed world was divided into : reality and appearance
  • Reality- intelligible world, beyong our senses, full of true knowledge
  • appearance- visible world, world of senses & opinions
  • empirical knowledge is not true knowlege but merely a set of opions which are subjective
  • in the world of Forms , ideas are eternal & immutable thus ideas become more real as they cannot change
  • we are able to reconise or recollect Forms from our eternal soul who once knew the Forms so our soul pre exists and post exists in our bodies
  • when we call something a name we are reffering to a particular qualit/ essence  that it has
  • The most important Form is the Form of Good
  • Good is the greatest thing we have to learn

ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE

  • In the book 'Republic'
  • illusrates his ideas about human knowlegde in relation to reality
  • imagine a dark, large cave…

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Ebun

this is great on understanding the works of plato but it doesn't really answer the question

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