12 - Phaedo I The Imperfection Argument Phaedo 74-76 This...

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Phaedo I. The “Imperfection Argument” (Phaedo 74-76) This is both an argument for the existence of Forms and an argument for our possession of a priori concepts. Plato bases the argument on the imperfection of sensible objects and our ability to make judgments about those sensible objects. (The Forms are supposed to be the perfect objects that the sensibles only imperfectly approximate). The argument as given at Phaedo 74-76 concerns the concept of equality , but it could equally well be given with respect to a number of different concepts (any concept that might have some claim to being an a priori concept). The argument tries to show that we cannot abstract the concept of equality from our sense-experience of objects that are equal. For a. We never experience (in sense-perception) objects that are really, precisely, equal , and b. We must already have the concept of equality in order to judge the things we encounter in sense-perception to be approximately, imperfectly, equal. The argument can be schematized as follows:
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