Phaedo - First there is the view that Forms are paradigms...

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Phaedo: soul is immortal 4 arguments 1. The Argument from Opposites: Everything comes to be from out of its opposites. 2. Theory of recollection: suggests that all learning is a matter of recollecting what we already  know. And that our soul existed before we were born. 3. The Argument from Affinity: explains that invisible and immortal things are to be soul, and  visible and mortal things are to be our body. When our body die and decay, our soul will  continue to be alive. 4. The Argument from Form of Life: positing the unchanging and invisible Forms as the causes  of all things in this world, and all things participate in Forms.  Ex) The soul participates in the Form of life.//beautiful things participate in the Form of Beauty Plato: Theory of Forms in Phaedo. Plato is never very clear on what precisely he means when setting forth his Theory of Forms. 
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Unformatted text preview: First, there is the view that Forms are paradigms. Under this interpretation, the Form of Beauty is the paradigm of beauty, and a beautiful person participates in this form by imperfectly resembling the paradigm of beauty. Second, there is the view that Forms are universals. Under this interpretation, the Form of Beauty is the quality that all beautiful things share in common, that which makes them such that we can say that they are beautiful. A beautiful person would then participate in the Form of Beauty by possessing that shared quality that makes things beautiful. Third, there is the view that Forms are stuffs. Under this interpretation, the Form of Beauty is the sum total of all instances of beauty in the world, and a person would participate in the Form of Beauty by possessing some of the "stuff" that is beauty....
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