Philosophy of the Day ~ Our Knowledge Of The Earth Is But A Shadow

Plato’s Train of thought:

  1. A horse that we see in this world shares the same characteristics with every other horses we see.
  2. There must be an ideal form of a horse that all the horses we see  in this world mirror.
  3. This ideal form of a horse does not exist in the world of senses (where we live in) but in the world of ideas.
  4. We recognize things in the world to be imperfect copies of their ideal form in the world of ideas.
  5. Therefore, everything we in this world is but a shadow of its perfect form in the world of ideas.
In Plato The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael, Plato stands on the left while Aristotle stands on the right. Aristotle gestures to the earth, representing his belief in knowledge through empirical observation and experience, while holding a copy of his Nicomachean Ethics in his hand. Plato holds his Timaeus and gestures to the heavens, representing his belief in his Theory of the Forms.
 
Picture Source: The Philosophy Book (2011), Dorling Kindersley.

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