13 - Evaluation of Platos argument The argument has two...

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Evaluation of Plato’s argument The argument has two faces. Plato uses it not only (1) to establish the existence of supra-sensible Forms, but also (2) to establish that we have cognitive contact with them in a prenatal state. But we should separate these two faces of the argument. For one who was convinced that the argument shows that there must be such objects for a priori concepts might well not be convinced that the argument shows that we must have had some disembodied contact with those objects at some time before we were born. As an argument for prenatal contact with the Forms, the argument has obvious flaws. A. It leaves open the possibility that we are so constituted as to have the concept of equality - i.e., that it is wired in to our brains (or whatever). This would mean that we acquire it at birth . Plato closes this possibility off at 76d1-3: he must think it obvious that we don’t have the concept at birth (since we can’t use it then). We lose it at birth and regain it later, via experience. But he
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