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  Astrological Archetypes As Platonic Forms
These Forms were thought to be alive and purposeful, yet existed in realms too subtle to be detected by the senses.
As such, it is a geometric form, or Platonic Form, as the case may be.
The sidereal zodiac is thus unique in that the alleged meanings of its constellations are utterly unrelated to geometric angles, which, as we have seen, form the basis for astrological archetypes in their various forms—sign, house, and aspect.
www.aaperry.com /index.asp?pgid=68   (1689 words)

  
  Platonic realism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Platonic realism, universals exist in a "realm" (often so called) that is separate from space and time; one might say that universals have a sort of ghostly or heavenly mode of existence, but, at least in more modern versions of Platonism, such a description is probably more misleading than helpful.
Platonic realism is probably strongest in satisfying the third constraint, that is, as a theory of what general terms refer to.
Indeed, probably the most popular argument for Platonic realism says that universals explain best the meaning general terms have; on this argument, when we speak of 'applehood' or 'redness', the best way to understand what such terms mean is to say that they refer to Platonic forms.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Platonic_realism   (1239 words)

  
 The Forms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The forms, according to Plato, are roughly speaking archetypes or abstract representations of the many types and properties (that is, of universals) of things we see all around us.
For Plato, the forms exist in what is known as a "Platonic heaven," and when human beings die, their souls achieve reunion with the forms.
A serious problem for the Theory of Forms is similar to that for Cartesian Dualism, if these Forms exist in 'another world', or are not of the same order of reality as matter, how can they interact with matter to 'inform' it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Forms   (395 words)

  
 Platonic or platonic. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. 2002
A descriptive term for things associated with Plato (for example, Platonic Forms or Ideas).
In general usage, platonic means lofty or pure, or associated with the higher thinking capacities of people.
‡ A “platonic” love or a “platonic” relationship is one in which people have mental or spiritual exchanges only and refrain from physical intimacy.
www.bartleby.com /59/5/platonicorpl.html   (150 words)

  
 Renaissance Neo-Platonism
In addition, Platonism never really faded out of the Western tradition nor was the Italian Renaissance a rediscovery of Plato; rather, the Italian Renaissance forged new philosophies from Plato and the Platonic tradition in antiquity and the Middle Ages.
This new Platonic philosophy not only represented one of the central currents of Renaissance thought, it also had far reaching consequences in the future development of European thought and science.
Their most important innovation was the fusion of the Platonic forms with Aristotle's concept of an ordered an hierarchical universe.
www.wsu.edu /~dee/REN/NEOPLATO.HTM   (2801 words)

  
 Renaissance Neo-Platonism
In addition, Platonism never really faded out of the Western tradition nor was the Italian Renaissance a rediscovery of Plato; rather, the Italian Renaissance forged new philosophies from Plato and the Platonic tradition in antiquity and the Middle Ages.
This new Platonic philosophy not only represented one of the central currents of Renaissance thought, it also had far reaching consequences in the future development of European thought and science.
Their most important innovation was the fusion of the Platonic forms with Aristotle's concept of an ordered an hierarchical universe.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/REN/NEOPLATO.HTM   (2801 words)

  
 PHIL 391/002 Forms & 3rd Man
Generally, a "form" can be characterized as that which all things of a certain kind have in common that makes them things of that kind, and which these things do not have in common with things that are not of that kind.
"Forms" are supposed to fulfill both of these requirements: they are supposed to be stable recognizable features of the universe; and they are supposed to be entities that are both "in" our awareness and "in" things (and what we are aware of is supposed to be exactly what is in the things).
That is, the "forms" were supposed to be what accounted for a thing's being the kind of thing that it is, and for the resemblance between things that are supposed to be of the same kind.
www.gmu.edu /courses/phil/ancient/aforms.htm   (1804 words)

  
 Nonstandard Mathematics and a Doctrine of God
There is excellent evidence to believe that Plato’s doctrine of forms was precipitated by his mathematical involvement and that he modeled his understanding of forms after an understanding of mathematical figures that was then held by the burgeoning mathematical community.
Although Aristotle differs markedly from Plato in the use of forms, the forms themselves, which constitute that which is most real in any particular substance and is reality itself in God, are essentially Platonic in nature, possessing Platonic characteristics of eternality, fixity, abstractness and logical relatedness.
Almost all traditional and contemporary theologies that maintain a platonic reality for mathematical potentials insist both that the mathematical structures do not change and that they are complete in their totality as understood or envisioned by God.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=2408   (5418 words)

  
 Island of Freedom - Plotinus
Plotinus spoke on Pythagorean and Platonic wisdom and on asceticism; such was the impression made upon his hearers that some of them gave their fortunes to the poor, set their slaves free, and devoted themselves to lives of study and ascetic piety.
He agreed with the skeptics that knowledge is required in order to grasp the Platonic Forms that are "beyond" the physical heavens.
At its highest Soul is fully illuminated and formed by Intellect and raised to its level; its lower phase, Nature, is the immanent animating principle of the material universe and all animal and plant life.
www.island-of-freedom.com /PLOTINUS.HTM   (772 words)

  
 www.formz.com | products
The classical Platonic solids are symmetrically "perfect" forms that consist of equal polygonal faces.
These Platonic solids can be further manipulated using other tools in form·Z, such as beveling the corner points or edges, to create another vast group of symmetrically spherical objects.
The soccer ball is a derivative of two Platonic forms and consists of equal pentagons and hexagons.
www.formz.com /products/formz/spherical_objects.html   (224 words)

  
 Computational Platonism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The forms are abstractions, "one on many", as they explain how it is that different objects can be similar, mapping one object to many forms, and one form to many objects.
This form within a form could be applied internally, within the S-expression, to either "Jane", or any of the first names in Jane's family, such as that of her husband John.
The only way the lambda-forms can be equivalent to the Platonic forms is if we view the lambda-calculus as a language for talking about the forms, but recognize that the details of the language are completely irrelevant to the nature of the forms themselves, provided the language is at least as expressive as the lambda-calculus.
home.ican.net /~arandall/Plato   (8331 words)

  
 What Are Aristotelian Forms
The form of Callias is related to the abstract type that specifies what the behavior of Callias is in the same way as the lawmaker is related to the categorial proposition that reports what behaviors (which in fact are lawlike) occur.
Were the form to exist after the cessation of the existence of the horse, then we could not have the kind of identity between form and horse that is needed to ensure that those doings that are proximately explained by the causal activity of the form are in fact the horse’s doings.
For the horse’s form is the realization of the potentiality for being a horse which the horse’s matter has inherited from being the matter of the egg-and-sperm that the horse has come from.
www.georgetown.edu /faculty/ap85/papers/Forms.html   (5105 words)

  
 Platonic Forms
This is a concise introduction to Plato’s use of the concept of “Form,” which many readers initially find to be puzzling, or even an egregious affront to common sense.
Suppose two or more judgments have the same form “A is φ,” “B is φ,” etc., where φ is any value predicate, such as ‘just’ or ‘beautiful.’ In such judgments we classify the entities or actions which we might substitute for the variables ‘A,’ ‘B,’ etc. as exemplifying a common quality: being just or beautiful.
Only the Forms really exist, for they are the “causes” (in the sense of archetypal standards) of whatever intelligible properties are discernible in those sensible things which seem to be most real.
www.soci.niu.edu /~phildept/Dye/forms.html   (1399 words)

  
 Platonic Themes in Chris Marker's La Jetee
They may be viewed as Platonic forms, ideal notions of the way bedrooms, children, birds, cats, and graves ought to be.
If that world is indeed the perfect and unchanging realm of forms, then nothing there is alive in the usual sense, as life implies the dynamic of change and the necessity of mortality.
Furthermore, the woman herself is identified with these motionless creatures both in the statement that, "she too seems tamed," and in the way the man observes her neck appreciatively in a manner similar to the way he regards the animals.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/00/4/jetee.html   (2575 words)

  
 Term Papers On Platonic Forms, Research Papers, Essays
The term platonic forms is usually referring to the ideas that Plato had and wrote about - his theory of forms.
Platonic forms are not material objects — they are not objects at all.
Platonic forms are a method by which entities or actions can be classified.
www.essaysportal.com /essay/Platonic+Forms.html   (232 words)

  
 Renaissance Neo-Platonism
The dialogues and teaching of Plato form the ground on which the Platonic tradition is built.
During the Middle Ages, the Platonic tradition survived in three distinct traditions: the European tradition, the Byzantine tradition, and the Islamic tradition.
Nicholas of Cusanus expanded the Platonic argument that mathematics were a form of certain knowledge to the radical thesis that mathematics represented the divine ideas.
www.hermetic.com /texts/neoplatonism.html   (2795 words)

  
 Diseases as Ideal Forms: Platonic Medicine
It is well known that Plato tended to objectify ideas, ideal forms, as things that actually existed in a pure world of forms.
That world is populated by ideal forms, beings without substance that nevertheless attack us, gnaw away at us, cause us pain, grow into great lumps in and on us, and even kill us.
Platonic medicine is the misuse of analogy — thinking of diseases as "enemies," as "it" attacking us, raising money to "fight" disease X,Y or Z — it is practicing magic without a license.
www.classicalhomeschooling.com /html/diseases_as_ideal_forms__plato.html   (840 words)

  
 Pooh and Ancient Greece
Platonism is being carried a stage further, or perhaps we should say that our understanding of it is being widened.
Eeyore's complaint implies that there is a true Platonic Form or Idea of an 'end', and we have no right to apply this name to something that in no way conforms to that Idea; that is not even a poor copy, but simply no copy at all.
Or we may suppose that he is aware that 'Expotition' is not the normal form, and doubted whether an abnormal word-form could relate to a Platonic Form.
www.ucc.ie /social_policy/pooh_and_ancient_greece_2.htm   (1722 words)

  
 ImmInst.org -> DNA & Platonic Forms
The cells which will become the primordial germ cells are determined very early in development and in females, all eggs are formed before she is even born.
Words that mean exactly and only the specific functional form they will express by assembling themselves under a given set of environmental criteria.
Each gene is a word but the collection of these words forms the expression of a species (like a book written of many words composed of only four letters).
www.imminst.org /forum/index.php?s=&act=ST&f=3&t=2874&view=pid&pid=25558   (2777 words)

  
 the evangelical outpost: Do Angels See Green?:
Questioning the Eternal Existence of Platonic Forms
  (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
By contrast, the position of modified Platonism is that while God is the cause of the existence of the Forms he did not exist prior to their existence.
Platonism has some great intellectual resources, but in order for us to use them it needs to be refined through the furnace of the incarnation.
As for the forms of things such as the virtues (Love, Justice, etc.) they are inherent in the character of God, and their opposites (Hate, or Injustice) are defined by their degree of difference from that attribute of God the "form" reflects.
www.evangelicaloutpost.com /archives/003221.html   (6896 words)

  
 Platonic forms and modern scientific thought
Criticizes form theory as it breaks down during a increasingly specific scientific understanding of water.
This, however, is largely due to the mathematical and geometrical relationships between a "chair" and a constructed chair and a "house" and a constructed house.
The form in terms of mathematics is much more easily identifiable than the abstraction involved in an organism's form.
ks.essortment.com /platonicform_rspw.htm   (526 words)

  
 St. Augustine: a plagarist of Plato
Plato considered the forms to be the greater knowledge attainable only by philosophers and those with a truly rational soul.
Thus, understanding of forms is a rational process which Plato attributes to the power of human intelligence, counterpoising it to the "inspiration" of poets.
The various forms which Plato believes are the realm of the "intelligible" or the "rational" are the very definition of god for Augustine.
ks.essortment.com /staugustinepl_rspx.htm   (389 words)

  
 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.08.11   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
M.'s claim to originality lies in the novel and unusual interpretations he gives to several aspects of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy, specifically, the significance of homonymy, synonymy and paronymy for Aristotle's theory of predication, the influence of Anaxagorean homoiomeries on Plato's theory of Forms, and the importance of the Late-Learners in the Sophist.
M. is trying to establish a sense for Platonic "becoming" that does not necessitate change and alteration, and that as such will provide a contrast with Aristotle's logical (rather than physical) notions of said-of and being-in.
And once again, this particular interpretation of Platonic Forms and particulars is not essential for sustaining the Aristotelian part of the argument and therefore is really a digression.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2000/2000-08-11.html   (2254 words)

  
 Platonic forms and modern scientific thought
Criticizes form theory as it breaks down during a increasingly specific scientific understanding of water.
This, however, is largely due to the mathematical and geometrical relationships between a "chair" and a constructed chair and a "house" and a constructed house.
The form in terms of mathematics is much more easily identifiable than the abstraction involved in an organism's form.
www.la.essortment.com /platonicform_rspw.htm   (526 words)

  
 Test file for CLAS 158
Platonism differs from Plato mainly because it does not concern itself largely with historical details, such as the problems that faced people during his life (the political condition of Athens, the Peloponnesian War, the tyrannical rule of the Thirty).
With God he is the true form of an essence that is in existence who is exists not out of a cause or potential form and is necessary for all of the existence of the forms.
Al-Farabi followed Plato as well as the Platonic, idea that in order to be a virtuous ruler (which is the same as the individual gaining a ‘intelligent’ knowledge of virtue), he must be a philosopher as (Plato puts it), or a prophet (as al-Farabi puts it).
www.uvm.edu /~malderfe/clas158/finalpaper.html   (5579 words)

  
 Are there really Platonic forms? - Symposia: The Online Philosophy Journal
It is this unifying essence that is a form, the form of the tennis ball, in this particular example.
It itself is not a perfect tennis ball but it is under the umbrella of the form of the perfect tennis ball and it is through the tennis ball’s interaction with the perfect form that I am able to see in it the true qualities of a tennis ball and thus identify it.
Forms are transcendental things that all in turn exist in the form of the good.
journal.ilovephilosophy.com /Article/Are-there-really-Platonic-forms-/53   (2309 words)

  
 Article - Plotinus - presented by ©NewsFinder.Org - All Rights Reserved
Plotinus spoke on Pythagorean and Platonic wisdom and on asceticism; such was the impression made upon his hearers that some of them gave their fortunes to the poor, set their slaves free, and devoted themselves to lives of study and ascetic piety.
He agreed with the skeptics that knowledge is required in order to grasp the Platonic Forms that are "beyond" the physical heavens.
At its highest Soul is fully illuminated and formed by Intellect and raised to its level; its lower phase, Nature, is the immanent animating principle of the material universe and all animal and plant life.
www.newsfinder.org /more.php?id=746_0_1_0_M   (1148 words)

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