SOCPLATARISPAPER - even more disparities between Plato and...

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Both renowned and widely credited philosophers, Plato and Aristotle have  constructed substantial foundations for modern political theory. Numerous  modern political institutions have based their systems off of Plato and Aristotle’s  teachings on justice, reason, truth, beneficence, and the vast array of other  virtues their works encompass. Although Plato and Aristotle lived during the  same time period, possessed a student-teacher relationship, and held relatively  similar views within their respective philosophies on humanity, their ideas  concerning virtue in particular differ in numerous instances. Both philosophers  conceive approaches toward the concept of virtue in relation to the individual,  society, and political entities that are fully developed and logical, yet noticeably  dissimilar in practice. These virtue directed beliefs progress forward to manifest 
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Unformatted text preview: even more disparities between Plato and Aristotle’s philosophies regarding their views on government. Plato's view of virtue is focused primarily on his theory of forms, which he conveys through his writings on Socrates teachings. Plato derives the majority of influence on his beliefs from his predecessor Socrates, for whom he purposefully writes on behalf of. In his form theory Plato suggests that ideal or quintessential forms of all ideas and entities exist within a dimension of reality. Therefore a form exists for every concept and object, for example love and chairs. In his theory of forms Plato does not render a distinct definition of virtue, but instead dances around the topic....
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