Definition of Platonic ideal
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Plato's theory of Forms or theory of Ideas asserts that non-material abstract (but substantial) forms (or ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. When used in this sense, the word form or idea is often capitalized. Plato speaks of these entities only through the characters (primarily Socrates) of his dialogues who sometimes suggest that these Forms are the only true objects of study that can provide us with genuine knowledge; thus even apart from the very controversial status of the theory, Plato's own views are much in doubt. Some believe that true forms represent mathematical concepts and scientific laws that are discovered while trying to describe efficient causes and their True Form, or their Final Cause [Considering Socrates & Aristotle's take on True Forms and Final Cause]. Plato spoke of Forms in formulating a possible solution to the problem of universals.
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