Theory of Forms"...These Forms are the essences of various objects: they are that without which a thing would not be the kind of thing it is. Plato held that the world of Forms is transcendent to our own world (the world of substances) and also is the essential basis of reality. Furthermore, he believed that true knowledge and intelligence underlie the ability to grasp the world of Forms with one's mind.A Form is aspatial (transcendent to space) and atemporal (transcendent to time). Atemporal means that it does not exist within any time period, rather it provides the formal basis for time. It grounds the concepts of beginning, persistance, and ending. Forms are neither eternal and existing forever, nor mortal, and of limited duration. They exist in a state that transcends time altogether. Seen on an aesthetic level, a Form is an objective "blueprint" of perfection. The Forms are perfect in and of themselves because they are unchanging."Lightly adapted by trackstar**And if you had a Form like that, clearly you would maintain it, but there is no need to change it! Discus Thrower (Discobolus)Roman, 2nd century
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