October 5, 2014
Dialogue between Plato and Aristotle
In the early morning hours student begin to enter into the auditorium of Plato’s Academy, the first thing they see is the two professors’ down in the front of the room. One of the professors begins to speak to the class.
Plato: Good Morning Students!
Students: Good Morning Professor!
Plato: Many of you may know who I am and then there are those of you that do not. For those of you that do not know who I am, my name is Plato. I founded this Academy in 387 and it is the first of its kind. I have studied under many great philosophers such as Cratylus and Socrates.
When Plato was finished speaking he took stepped back and the man standing to the left of him stepped forward and began speaking to the class.
Aristotle: Good Morning Student!
Students: Good Morning Professor!
Aristotle: Like Plato there are many of you that know me and there are those of you that do not. Let me introduce myself to those of you that do not know me, my name is Aristotle. I was a pupil of Plato’s. I was also a tutor to Alexander the Great. I am here today to assist Plato with his lesson for today.
Plato: For today’s class Aristotle and I are going to discuss with you our ideas on the Theory of Form and the Theory of Knowledge. Now we will talk about the Theory of Forms and the Theory of Knowledge.
Aristotle: My view on forms is that no matter which way you look at them they are and always will be universal. When you look at all the different things that are out there in this world there are many that can be the same color, the same size and can be just as beautiful as the next object. The only thing is, is that as humans, there is only one of us so therefore we are not universals but we are particulars.
Plato: But what about when you are looking at two things that are just as equally beautiful but they are two totally different objects or things this is yet another example of a Form. This is because beauty is not something that we encounter directly in our physical world. But we rather are participating in the form that we are calling beauty. There are only two realms and these are the sensible, changing and particular things and the other realm is that of a completely separate yet superior realm of eternal, fixed and unchanging Forms. This superior realm is what the particular things then owe their reality too.
Aristotle: The only problem with that theory is that when it comes to Forms they are only found within particular thins which is a total embodiment of the Form and that of matter. You have to look at the reasoning and the aspect of one thing to another. Thus, finding how it is especially different from that of something else.
Plato: Now Aristotle you are forcing the conversation to jump from the Theory of Forms to the Theory of Knowledge, just by your last statement. The Theory of Knowledge is the reason of knowledge that is more than just what our sense perception makes it to be. This is because our existence alone is what cuts across several sense all at the same time.
Aristotle: The chains of all things that are related are what build’s up that composite picture of what the things are but this is based on what happens, cause and effect. This train of thought is what works great in the world we live in due to the fact that it is ever changing and so is the world we live in.
Plato: What it comes down to is that true knowledge is that of which is truly real. This is because the objects that are of the true knowledge are just forms and that is because the objects of the sense perception are only real to a certain extent and that certain extent is only because they participate in the Forms.
Hearing the chiming of bells we knew that, that signaled the end of the class. As we all made our way down to the front of the classroom were the professor stood we shock their hands before we all left the…