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HELP I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO WRITE

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"Plato’s realm of the forms tells us nothing about reality. Discuss (40 marks)"

I think I'm going to argue that the statement is correct, except for the act the theory tells us to question our senses which seems reasonable.

WHAT ELSE DO I WRITE ABOUT???
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Questioning your senses tells you nothing about 'reality' either

What you need to think about are the following:

-what is Plato's theory of forms; what is it trying to do
-what is Plato's conception of 'reality' (this is crucial, actually)
-what are the forms supposed to tell us about this reality
-how feasible is this, what issues are there
-are there better alternatives, why are they better
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Questioning your senses tells you nothing about 'reality' either

What you need to think about are the following:

-what is Plato's theory of forms; what is it trying to do
-what is Plato's conception of 'reality' (this is crucial, actually)
-what are the forms supposed to tell us about this reality
-jow feasible is this, what issues are there
I was going to tag you as a knowledgable person on this
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I was going to tag you as a knowledgable person on this
I'll be honest, I looked earlier, saw the half-baked nature of it (no initial points etc) and couldn't be bothered.

So this spat has been useful, I suppose :lol:
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I'll be honest, I looked earlier, saw the half-baked nature of it (no initial points etc) and couldn't be bothered.

So this spat has been useful, I suppose :lol:
:laugh: - I wasn't in the mood for brats this afternoon, but it's ironically helped her out, as you say.
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You need to explain Plato's philosophy to get AO1 marks - explain the cave and what it is an analogy for, the world of forms, the relationship between forms and particulars, the a priori approach to knowledge.

You could also bring in Aristotle's philosophy as an alternative and arguably more successful method for telling us about reality.

Other options for paragraphs are:

Plato's argument from recollection/innate concepts.
Plato's one-over-many argument.
Plato's argument regarding the cycle of opposites.

and criticisms of those arguments.

A good general criticism of Plato to use is the third man argument.

You can find detail on these using google or here: https://alevelphilosophyandreligion.com/
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