Why do you think philosophy is so unpopular here?
(05-08-2010, 05:31 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote:
(05-08-2010, 05:12 PM)JamieF Wrote: Oh - and just to reaffirm what I said in my previous comment - the concept of dog that you have has been learnt by you from your sense experience - it has not come from a magical "other place" as Platonists would have you believe.
You're mischaracterizing what the Platonists want people to believe.  A dog is not a simple form.  A triangle might be.  A Platonist, especially a Neo-Platonist, might argue we know a dog because we get simple forms from the magical "other place" and combine them to construe a notion of a dog.  A dog is derivative of forms.
That is an important clarification.  Many people think that, in Plato's Theory of the Forms, there is a form for every material object one can distinguish and identify.  But Plato, one, did not believe material objects substantially existed (at least not in the radical way that Forms exist), and two, that what we sense when we sense a material object is a thing that acquired its form from the Forms (shape, color, and so forth).  The Forms tend to be highly general categories.

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Re: Why do you think philosophy is so unpopular here? - by Zakhur - 05-08-2010, 11:59 PM

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