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Plato's Theory of Forms (Philosophy Reader, 18-26) A.

Plato's Theory of Forms (Philosophy Reader, 18-26)      

A.       As noted in the Reading Materials, Plato defines Forms as things which are intangible, abstract, infinite, permanent, and cannot be identified by sensory perception. The copy of each Form are things which are tangible, concrete, finite, temporary, and can be identified by sensory perception. 

Example: Form: Love (Intangible, Abstract); Kiss (Tangible; Sensed)


1)     Read "The Allegory of the Cave by Plato (Reading Category of the

      Assignment Section).

2)     State 3 Forms (abstracts) that the liberated prisoner confronts and the copy

     of each of those Forms (tangible, finite, concrete, identifiable by sensory


3)     Though the prisoner is now free, state 3 negative things that he confronts.

4)     Using your creativity, think of and state 3 Forms and their copy not in

     Philosophy Reader textbook.

B.       How does Plato operationally define "Education"? What is the function of "Education?" (Philosophy Reader, 25)

C.       How does Malcolm X operationally define "Education". (Philosophy Reader, 25)

D.       Identify one significant difference and one significant similarity between these two stipulative definitions of "Education".

II.       Plato's Theory of Healthy Personality (Philosophy Reader, 104-106)

A.   What are the three parts of the Soul?

B.    What part of the Soul identifies with each part of Society?

C.    What part of the Soul identifies with each Virtue?

D.   When does the Soul and Society reach a state of Justice?

III.      Aristotle's Theory of Form and Matter (Philosophy Reader, 27-32)

A.                What is the "Hylomorphic Doctrine"?

B.                 Define Entelechy.- Entelechy is when any "thing" has reached a state of completeness, the point where realization of its essence is present

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