Platonic Forms Essay

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Platonic Forms

One Example of a Platonic Form other than what the book suggests is the Form of a book.
The idea to write this paper on the Form of book came to me while I was sitting in the
library perusing the reference books, trying to decide on an answer to question 2. You
could say that the answer was staring me right in the face.

I believe that the Form of a book exists but I have to agree with Aristotle's idea that
the Form is created when the object is created. I also think that Forms are eternal, but
from the moment that they are first thought of and then brought into the physical world.

At one point in time someone decided to put information together in the form of words
written on pages put between two bindings. Before the first person who thought of and
created this "book", I believe one must ask themselves if the Form existed. How could a
Form exist if the object didn't yet exist? A Form for a thing such as a book exists once
the object is created because it is a new idea. Therefore, everything participates in a
Form because everything tangible exists.

The idea of a perfect book can exist only in our minds through thought. Since books range
in topic and in content , what might be the topic and content of this perfect book? A book
contains ideas, characters, etc., so would the Form of a book then contain perfect ideas,
characters, etc.?

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