Presentation on theme: "metaphysics what is most real about a thing is its form things are principally (imperfect) representations of (perfect) forms [eidoi] apprehended only."— Presentation transcript:
metaphysics what is most real about a thing is its form things are principally (imperfect) representations of (perfect) forms [eidoi] apprehended only through thought (cf. cymatics) being & becoming (cf. brahman & atman) god = the form of the good
epistemology wisdom, virtue, etc. cannot be taught one has to come out of the cave true knowledge is innate, since the soul is part of the world of Being itself the elenchus
social-political philosophy rule of the philosophers ones role in society should be determined by their moral and intellectual virtues rulers are allowed no private possessions sexual and familial regulation women or men may hold political office
ethics the value of ones life depends on the value of the objects to which one is attached connection with the forms harmony of the soul
aesthetics to be in love is to seek the eternal possession of the good, or the form of Beauty Beauty provides the greatest happiness apprehension of Beauty comes through particular bodily attraction, general bodily attraction, beauty of the soul, beauty of customs, laws, and knowledge, eventually culminating in the changeless beauty of Beauty itself.