Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
Socrates was Plato's teacher, Aristotle learned at Plato's Academy, and Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats. The main concept that Socrates pioneers is also a method named after him what they believed in, hoping to find someone without a flaw in their beliefs. they did, so Socrates proceeded to move on to the merchants in the town. A beautiful painting can never be actually beautiful, it can only ever be a. The ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle may seem like the Plato was a typical playboy from a wealthy, connected Athenian family until he met a man named Socrates, who taught Plato asks: “Why does it exist at all?” and every believer in a supernatural reality the West has ever produced.
By detaching our souls from the material world and our bodies and developing our ability to concern ourselves with the forms, Plato believes this will lead to us finding a value which is not open to change. This solves the ethical problem.
Splitting existence up into two realms also leads us to a solution to the problem of permanence and change. Our mind perceives a different world, with different objects, than our senses do.
It is the material world, perceived through the senses, that is changing. It is the realm of forms, perceived through the mind, that is permanent. There, he honed his talents of understanding the world.
In his understanding of the world, he wrote his theory of the universals—which I find to be extremely intriguing. The problem of the universals is the question of whether properties exist, and if so, what exactly are they.
To avoid confusion, a universal is a metaphysical term describing what particular things have in common, focusing strictly characteristics or qualities.
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His theory states that universals exist only where they are instantiated the concept that it is impossible for a property to exist which is not had by some object. In simpler terms, he believes universals exist only in things, never apart from things—differing from his teacher, Plato, on this.
In other dialogues, the SophistStatesmanRepublicand the ParmenidesPlato himself associates knowledge with the apprehension of unchanging Forms and their relationships to one another which he calls "expertise" in Dialecticincluding through the processes of collection and division. In other words, if one derives one's account of something experientially, because the world of sense is in flux, the views therein attained will be mere opinions.
And opinions are characterized by a lack of necessity and stability. On the other hand, if one derives one's account of something by way of the non-sensible forms, because these forms are unchanging, so too is the account derived from them.
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That apprehension of forms is required for knowledge may be taken to cohere with Plato's theory in the Theaetetus and Meno. Because these doctrines are not spoken directly by Plato and vary between dialogues, they cannot be straightforwardly assumed as representing Plato's own views. These correspond to the "appetite" part of the soul. These correspond to the "spirit" part of the soul.
These correspond to the "reason" part of the soul and are very few. In the TimaeusSocrates locates the parts of the soul within the human body: Reason is located in the head, spirit in the top third of the torsoand the appetite in the middle third of the torso, down to the navel. Instead of rhetoric and persuasion, Socrates says reason and wisdom should govern.
As Socrates puts it: According to him, sailing and health are not things that everyone is qualified to practice by nature. A large part of the Republic then addresses how the educational system should be set up to produce these philosopher kings. In addition, the ideal city is used as an image to illuminate the state of one's soul, or the willreasonand desires combined in the human body.
Socrates is attempting to make an image of a rightly ordered human, and then later goes on to describe the different kinds of humans that can be observed, from tyrants to lovers of money in various kinds of cities. The ideal city is not promoted, but only used to magnify the different kinds of individual humans and the state of their soul. However, the philosopher king image was used by many after Plato to justify their personal political beliefs. The philosophic soul according to Socrates has reason, will, and desires united in virtuous harmony.
A philosopher has the moderate love for wisdom and the courage to act according to wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge about the Good or the right relations between all that exists.
Wherein it concerns states and rulers, Socrates asks which is better—a bad democracy or a country reigned by a tyrant. He argues that it is better to be ruled by a bad tyrant, than by a bad democracy since here all the people are now responsible for such actions, rather than one individual committing many bad deeds. This is emphasised within the Republic as Socrates describes the event of mutiny on board a ship.
Socrates' description of this event is parallel to that of democracy within the state and the inherent problems that arise. According to Socrates, a state made up of different kinds of souls will, overall, decline from an aristocracy rule by the best to a timocracy rule by the honorablethen to an oligarchy rule by the fewthen to a democracy rule by the peopleand finally to tyranny rule by one person, rule by a tyrant.
This regime is ruled by a philosopher kingand thus is grounded on wisdom and reason. In Book VIII, Socrates states in order the other four imperfect societies with a description of the state's structure and individual character. In timocracy the ruling class is made up primarily of those with a warrior-like character. It is characterized by an undisciplined society existing in chaos, where the tyrant rises as popular champion leading to the formation of his private army and the growth of oppression.
Plato's unwritten doctrines For a long time, Plato's unwritten doctrine    had been controversial. Many modern books on Plato seem to diminish its importance; nevertheless, the first important witness who mentions its existence is Aristotle, who in his Physics b writes: The importance of the unwritten doctrines does not seem to have been seriously questioned before the 19th century.
A reason for not revealing it to everyone is partially discussed in Phaedrus c where Plato criticizes the written transmission of knowledge as faulty, favoring instead the spoken logos: The content of this lecture has been transmitted by several witnesses. Aristoxenus describes the event in the following words: But when the mathematical demonstrations came, including numbers, geometrical figures and astronomy, and finally the statement Good is One seemed to them, I imagine, utterly unexpected and strange; hence some belittled the matter, while others rejected it.
In Metaphysics he writes: Plato] supposed that their elements are the elements of all things. Accordingly the material principle is the Great and Small [i. Further, he assigned to these two elements respectively the causation of good and of evil" a. The most important aspect of this interpretation of Plato's metaphysics is the continuity between his teaching and the neoplatonic interpretation of Plotinus  or Ficino  which has been considered erroneous by many but may in fact have been directly influenced by oral transmission of Plato's doctrine.
Socrates failed to rise above a habit common in his time: But he did question Homeric religion and ethics. Instead of the chaos created by the conflicting passions of these gods, he believed that the universe was guided by a god with a sense of purpose, a god that was the source of human consciousness and morality.
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Socrates is described as hearing an inner voice that he believed was God's. This was not the god of Anaxagoras. Socrates, according to Plato, faulted Anaxagoras' nous ultimate mind and soul, or God as dead mechanics rather than a power with knowledge and design. Believing in a goodness created by God rather than created biologically as empathySocrates believed that people needed merely to match that goodness. He believed that knowledge and obedience to truth improved one's soul and diminished the ungodliness of wrongdoing, confusion and ugliness.
To help people gain knowledge and improve their soul he tried to expose their ignorance and mistaken reasoning, and he often started with the question whether they understood what they were talking about. Socrates believed that knowledge was enough to prevent people from doing wrong, that no one knowingly did wrong. He failed to understand irrationality as Bishop Augustine would, or consider it as Shopenhauer would. He wasn't interested in the mechanics of the mind as modern psychologists are, or the mechanics of other things.
According to a contemporary, the philosopher Xenophon, Socrates called people fools for studying the mechanics of nature. Nature, Socrates believed, was part of the divine and the divine was about good intentions.