Plato's Conception of Divinity Essay

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TOPIC OF ASSIGNMENT:

“PLATO’S CONCEPTION OF GOD AND HOW IT IMPACTED HIS VIEWS ON LITERATURE”

Plato considers God as having perfect goodness; and that the fundamental reality exists in the mind of god who directs other souls to spread righteousness in the world; every soul is responsible for its actions therefore it must do goodness to become like god in order to get an ideal society.
Plato refutes literature, especially poetry, on the basis of this conception. He believes that purpose of creating this world is to spread goodness. Hence literature must possess elements of true reality in it to convey to the readers.
In this task, I am assigned to give a glimpse on Plato’s conception of God and his process of creating this world with
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According to Plato’s scale of life, God is and absolutely perfect. He has created secondary gods who further precede the process of creation and make mortal parts of human beings and other heavenly bodies. God makes their immortal parts and gives souls to them. Plato portrays humans as abstracts who must go for righteousness and search for good. These gods and souls of mortal beings together work for good and make world soul. Thus the whole universe contributes in making this world good. So we cannot say that God remains indifferent to the people. Instead He rewards them for doing well in the world.
Plato believes that God has always a model or pattern before Him while creating this world which depicts that even God follows a certain pattern. These patterns or forms are called reality. These ideas are already present before god and he gives these ideas to his creations. In his work Parmenides, Plato says that “God thinks the ideas because they exist; they do not exist because he thinks them”. It maintains that Ideas are the supreme reality that is obligatory for the process of creation. He believes that God puts those ideas or forms into the minds of other souls which further move according to those ideas and choose their activities or motion. Hence every soul is answerable for its deeds.
Plato states that God is responsible only for good and

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