Critical Analysis of Platonic Thought

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  • The key elements of Plato’s thinking have been challenged by Aristotle and many others, who recognise his greatness as an original thinker but refuse to accept many of his conclusions.
  • The existence of a realm of ideas may not be the obvious conclusion of logical reasoning. We may accept our perception of perfect circularity, but this does not mean it has a separate existence any more than language has an independent reality to the world it refers to.
  • Some concepts of Plato’s thinking are more fitting than others. We can perceive a perfect circle and accept that it can only exist in logic, but it is difficult to imagine the ideal form of something unpleasant or mundane such as dirt or disease.
  • If the highest form of knowledge is the Form of Good, how can we know what Goodness is when two people…


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