Tag: Plato

Introducing my Book: Big Ideas from Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek Temple

Ancient Greece is widely regarded as the birthplace of Western philosophy. Many of the ideas expounded by the philosophers of that day went on to shape modern scientific and philosophical thought — everything from atomic theory to speculations about the afterlife.

Why ‘3’ means three

Stained glass window

In a recent blog post, I discussed the ancient Greek philosopher Plato and his theory about the existence of a ‘realm of forms’. Plato argued that the reason why we can identify objects as being of a certain kind (or category) is because they… Continue Reading “Why ‘3’ means three”

The Nature of Forms: Where Plato Went Wrong

I’ve been thinking about the way our thoughts and feelings relate to the external world, and considering the nature of our reactions to external things and how those reactions occur independently of the nature of the objects we perceive. Allow me to elaborate a… Continue Reading “The Nature of Forms: Where Plato Went Wrong”

I Don’t Even Exist

A man with his hood up sat on a wooden bench looking out over a lake

Those who are familiar with my philosophical outlook will know that I describe human beings as puppets under the control of an omnipresent God. It’s important to mention that I use the word puppets rather than the word robots to describe human beings, and… Continue Reading “I Don’t Even Exist”

Plato’s Realm of Forms

A painting of Plato pointing upwards

Following on from last week’s Friday Philosophy post about Socrates, this week we continue our series looking at the big ideas of influential philosophers with Plato. A student of Socrates and founder of what may have been the first school of philosophy, the Academy,… Continue Reading “Plato’s Realm of Forms”