Define Platonic ideal

Question:

Define Platonic ideal

Plato:

Plato was Socrates' most famous student, and a prominent thinker from Ancient Greece. He founded the Academy in Athens, where he taught Aristotle, among others. Plato's influence on Western philosophy lasted for centuries, as traces of Plato's influence can be found in all Western Idealism.

Answer and Explanation:

Plato believed the physical world to be an echo of an ideal world. Platonic ideals, in Plato's philosophy, are the first and perfect templates of everything we encounter in the physical world. They reside in what Plato called the Hyperuranion, literally a 'place above the sky', where everything exists in a state of perfect essence.


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Platonic Idealism: Plato and His Influence

from History 101: Western Civilization I

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