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Old December 31st, 2017, 08:26 AM   #1
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Plato's Forms: Airplanes?


I wonder how Plato's theory of forms would apply to how a person perceives something he has never seen before. For example, had a person come from a culture where chairs do not exist, or for that matter, for Plato himself, where say airplanes did not exist. How would he explain the form basis for the perception of something that one has no idea what it is??
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Plato might look at a 747 and see a cylinder, parts of spheres and other combinations of basic geometric forms. He would recognize the horizontal symmetry and lack of vertical symmetry (like most higher life forms).
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But what about the evocation of an "ideal" airplane whereby his philosophy assumed that everyone relates to it? It is culturally dependent.
Do you mean Stevev that they would evoke the ideal form of whatever they thought they DID see based on their experience, and doesn't Plato assume it is culturally dependent?
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But what about the evocation of an "ideal" airplane whereby his philosophy assumed that everyone relates to it? It is culturally dependent.
Do you mean Stevev that they would evoke the ideal form of whatever they thought they DID see based on their experience, and doesn't Plato assume it is culturally dependent?
I don't think Plato considered the ideal airplane. He considered a basic set of geometric solids which he assumed are not culturally dependent.

Asked how he would view an airplane, I suggested what might see in an abstract sense. By abstraction you subtract detail in favor of generalization. I gave the example of an airplane having a bilateral horizontal symmetry but lacking vertical symmetry which is also characteristic of animals with bilateral symmetry. That doesn't mean he would think an airplane is an animal if ever saw one, although the thought might cross his mind before he did a little investigation.
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