theorydiscuss plato's theory of ideas?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Plato postulated that each person creates his or her own morality. Today we call it relativism. Each person decides for him or her self what is right and what is wrong. Then no one can judge a person's actions. The problem with this is that there are some things that are wrong, or evil.
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Plato's philosophy was the theory of "Forms and Ideas." He argued that there was no such thing as absolute virtue in the world; rather each situation was different and therefore different responses were appropriate, an early version of situation ethics. Plato said that the world as humans see it is only a reflection of a world of forms and ideas; ideal qualities are reflected only imperfectly in the world in which we live. One would need to understand the true unchangeable nature of virtue if one were to enter this nebulous world of forms and ideas; until that time, one must live in an imperfect world where virtue is only imperfectly reflected.