Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Platonic Principles

Principle of Commonality- Whatever several things are F, this is because they participate in or initiate a single idea (form) of F.

Principle of Separation- The idea (form) of F is distinct from all things that are F.

The principle of Self-Predication- the idea (form) of F is itself F.

The Principle of Purity- The idea (form) of F is nothing but F.

Principle of Uniqueness- Nothing but the idea (form) of F is really, truly altogether F.

Principle of Sublimity- Ideas (forms) are everlasting, they have no parts and undergo no change, and they are not perceptible to the senses.

"Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim." ~Aristotle~

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