Plato's theory of Forms

  • Created by: Lottie
  • Created on: 15-05-12 14:24

Plato’s theory of the Forms was used to explain how what we see in this physical  world in which we are living which for Plato is not real. Instead we see particulars of Forms.


For Plato there are two words; the world of appearances and the world of Forms. The world of Forms possesses the object of knowledge and is more real than the world of appearances which possesses the object of opinion. He believed that in the world of appearances we are unable to see truth as it is in a constant state of flux and therefore it is impossible to know the truth of reality which was developed around the quote by Heraclitus: “You cannot step into the same river twice”. This meaning that because the world is constantly changing the truth is unable to stay here.



A Form is an archetype for everything that physically exists and exist in another reality. They are beyond human




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