Plato 's View On Form

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To understand the form, we must go to the background of each philosopher’s perspective on what form represents. The form is what helps us understand the essence of things and how they are particular to what we see on our daily basis. Plato’s view on form is as essence itself a thing that doesn’t change and always keeps its universal form. Aristotle’s view on form is particular, it is an individual characteristic that helps the conformation of something. Aquinas’s view on form is in its essence itself it is connected with matter. This paper will show how each philosopher’s perspective of form connects with each other and resemble the f-ness on it.
Plato’s view on form, is described with what a form contains. Form is divided into six characteristics which are: transcendent, pure, archetypes, ultimate real, causes and systematically interconnected. Forms are transcendent in that they cease to exist in time and space, in that we see that a form never changes. Plato uses the example of roundness to explain that a ball can change but its form of being round will always stay. Forms are pure and they stay true to their identity, by this we see that an object is made of several characteristics, these characteristics work together to make an object, but the form of the characteristics is always pure. If you have a tire, it is formed of many characteristics (black, round, etc.), but the tire is round so the roundness of the tire is just pure roundness, it doesn’t share any other…

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