Key 04 – Plato’s Forms

In his Theory of Forms, Plato considers Objects and Occurrences encountered on the perceptual level to be imperfect copies or imitations that partake of an absolute metaphysical origin referred to by Plato as the Eternal Realm of Forms.

By Plato’s Theory of Forms, any particular apple that one encounters on the physical level derives its identity from an Absolute Form referred to as The Form Apple, and this is the case with any other object one may encounter in space and time.

Plato’s Theory of Forms : The Categories of Forms:

Plato’s Theory of Forms divides Forms into three main Categories:

1. Forms taken through physical objects: The Form Apple, The Form Tree, The Form Mountain, The Form Sun, The Form Moon, The Form Rock, etc.

2. Forms taken by Meta-physical objects: The Form Beauty, The Form Happiness, The Form Equality, The Form Justice, The Form Good, and so on.

3. Forms taken by Intermediary Objects: Objects that belong to both worlds, e.g., Mathematical Forms like Numerical and Geometrical Forms.

It is important to note that Plato’s Theory of Forms gives special attention to The Form SPACE, and considers it as reflective of a Nature that is beyond the nature of forms.

This notion will become more evident as we continue examining the definition of Existence in Fifth Science and its relation to the ancient Greek definition of Absolute Oneness, which is best introduced by Parmenides.

Plato’s Theory of Forms: A Remote Word about those categories

To Plato’s Theory of Forms, The Physical Category is obvious. It is what constitutes our overall perceptual experience. Everywhere that one directs one’s vision, one sees physical objects of all shapes and kinds.

However, as for Plato’s Theory of Forms, The Metaphysical Objects are less obvious. One cannot inspect Happiness in the same way one does an apple. Happiness is more of an experimental form than an observable one. Meaning, one relies on a subjective comparison between a perceptual experience of some sort, and an inner feeling or mental judgment, in order to identify the existence or the Happening of metaphysical forms like Happiness.

Much is to be said about the Metaphysical Category in Plato’s Theory of Forms. However, one thing about this Category which is most important to note at this point is; Objects that belong to this category, in conceptual adherence to Plato’s Theory of Forms, are only transmitted into the perceptual level through the Adamic Image and the Adamic Expressions as Actions in Space and Time. No other creature has this power in the physical world to bring Forms like Beauty or Love or Equality into manifestation save The Adamic Element.

Remember this point from Plato’s Theory of Forms most clearly, for it constitutes the central logic behind the theological emphasis on the Sacredness of the Adamic Image.

Plato’s Theory of Forms for The Intermediary Objects are objects which belong to both worlds, i.e., the Physical and the Metaphysical. The nature and significance of this Category will be revealed in more depth in the course of revealing the nature of The Link that Plato establishes between the Perceptual and the Conceptual world through his Theory of Forms.

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