Plato's Idea Theory

Charles P. Bigger

in Between Chora and the Good

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223503
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235117 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Plato's Idea Theory

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This chapter examines the concept of Plato's theory of ideas. It states that this, even among Platonists, is often suspect and others find it bizarre. Despite this Platonic realism continues to be appreciated among logicians, mathematicians, and even many analytic philosophers. This chapter suggests that Plato's ideas are formed in his geometrical intuitions and are divorced from process, and are usually interpreted as a development from Socrates' questioning. Thus, the presentationally immediate world of the empirical tradition, with its emphasis of vision, is unable to appreciate dynamism and the role that ideas play in its articulation.

Keywords: Plato; theory of ideas; Platonic realism; geometric intuitions

Chapter.  16750 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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