The Evolution of Plato's Ideas Analytical Essay by ABCs

The Evolution of Plato's Ideas
A discussion on the evolution of Plato's ideas on metaphysics and epistemology.
# 113327 | 1,087 words | 6 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 27, 2009 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (Metaphysics) , Philosophy (Epistemology)

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This paper strives to understand the relationship between Plato's ideas by studying the evolution of his ideas on metaphysics and epistemology, and how they relate to other ideas in his philosophical vein. The paper specifically analyzes the middle period of Plato's works which are focused on the development of the definition of forms. The paper then discusses the application of Plato's philosophical concepts and how they evolved in his later works.

From the Paper:

"The Phaedo is a recounting of Socrates' last hours. His teacher dying, Plato first brings his ideas of Forms. We know that Socrates was the first to look for the universal in ethical matters. We also know that Plato did not separate ethics from epistemology and instead regarded the universal in elements known as Forms. Plato used a combination of the theories of Socrates and Heraclitus, separating the universal from ethical matters, stating that the order of sensibility was always in flux. These separated universals are Plato's Forms. The universal is a technical application (if there can be one) in metaphysical thought. Different things have features in common - the shared features are therefore universal, or to Plato, a Form."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Melchert, Norman (2002). The Great Conversation: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. McGraw Hill.
  • Vlastos, G., Platonic Studies (2nd ed., Princeton, 1981
  • Allen, R. E., 'Participation and Predication in Plato's Middle Dialogues,' in id. (ed.), Studies in Plato's Metaphysics: 43-60
  • Drede, D. 'The Final Proof of the Immortality of the Soul,' Phronesis, 23(1978): 24-41
  • Moore, Edward (2007). Plato. Philosophy Insights Series. Tirril, Humanities-Ebooks

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