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Bob T
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Bob T asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

Can someone define "Platonic Ideal"?

what is it? i dont really understand. can someone give me a basic definition

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This is also called a Platonic Form yes?


    its hard to define, really. Lets start with this... all horses are, in theory, the same. they all have 4 legs, drink water, whatever, and we can identify them as horses. Plato said that a particular horse can "flow", like in time it will get old and die, but the "ideal" or "form" of Horse is eternal and immutable.

    OR, you might think of it in terms of cookies, yum, cookies! If you see ten gingerbread men all sitting on the counter that all look the same, you have a subconscious understanding that they came from a cookie cutter, and what that cookie cutter is like. In Plato's world, that cookie cutter in the "ideal" of a gingerbread man.

    I hope this helps.

    Source(s): Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
    • Scott6 years agoReport

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  • 4 years ago

    Define Ideal

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  • 5 years ago

    The Platonic Ideal is the idea that each living form possesses an absolutely fixed essence that can not be altered. Meaning that each species does not change and maintains its form over multiple generations.

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  • 4 years ago

    reality inheres only in the ideas of things that is in the perfect,permanent,immutable,self existing entity which underlie the changing and imperfect of perception the latter are merely the superficial appearence of things.

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  • 6 years ago

    In simple words we can say that Plato believed that every thing in this world is the copy of an idea which is present in heaven for example, the trees in this world is the copies of one tree that is present in heaven and so each and every thing......

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  • ?
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    1 decade ago

    Basically, to Plato there is the world of the forms. This is a world of perfections or ideas. Therefore when you think of a chair, you picture in your head a chair that is, in itself, perfect. If you sat in that chair it would perform perfectly, for you imagined it idealistically. Not with a wobble, not with no back to lay on.

    This is the "form" of the chair. Therefore, to Plato, everything in existence has a form of perfection for itself. All things in the physical world work in their existence to approach their perfection. An object, living or dead, always works in some way or another to meet it's nature.

    From this argument Plato moves on to try to define human nature, therefore defining what is the perfect human form.

    Plato's forms are perfected ideas of an object or being. At the top of his existence chart, sits "god" which isn't so much a being as it is the manifestation of utter perfection. There is nothing that it isn't. Or to put it simpler: it is everything at the same time, and perfect levels of everything.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    platonic would be non romantic/sexual.

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