Does Perfection Exist?: Plato´s Theory of Forms Essay

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Most people have indulged in the perfect wine, made love to the perfect person while possibly wearing the perfect outfit. Or have they? Is there a such thing as perfection, if so can we attain it? No. Nothing in this world is perfect because it is impossible to create perfection. According to Plato's Theory of Forms, perfection cannot exist in the physical world but only the realm of the philosophers; the ones who choose to lurk deeper in the veiled mysteries of metaphysics. According to Plato, his Theory of Forms states perfection only lives in the realm of thought. There only exists one of every ideal and the rest is just a copy. This one creation is called a form, the most flawless representation of an idea. In the physical world …show more content…
[If] the prisoners were able to talk with each other, and [supposing] that their voices echoed off the wall so that [they] seemed to be coming from their own shadows [. . .] Then wouldn't they talk and refer to these shadows as if the shadows were real?” (Plato 8). The prisoners can only see shadows of the objects that are merely projections of the perfect, ideal versions of its true form. Similarly in our world, humans perceive things as shadows just like the prisoners. The objects in this realm are simply representations of flawless ideas from the intelligible world. Everything on the physical Earth is imperfect and can never hold up to its true form. The major flaw in the Theory of Forms is there might not even be perfection in the realm of thought. This was set forth by Plato himself in the dialogue Parmenides titled The Third Man where he discussed ideals, or the truly perfect form. Plato believed that for every class (A group of objects that had the same defying properties or essences) there was an ideal form that is over and above it. For example, men all share the same essence therefore they belong to the class of “Men”. Plato would have thought this would mean there is an ideal man. However, if the ideal man is himself a man then he must be a member of the class of men. So now there is an ideal man plus, however he would still be a man therefore he would fall under the same category so on and so forth. The dialogue Phaedo written in 360 B.C. treads

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