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Plato and Aristotle

            To begin with Plato and Aristotle are two of the most highly recognized and respected philosophers of their time. Plato was once the student of a philosopher by the name of Socrates and then Aristotle was a student of Plato. Because he was his teacher the two have some of the same views on certain subjects, but also had very different views on other topics as well. Both of which have reasonable arguments to back their positions. Plato has the theory of forms, which states that everything is changing, multiple, imperfect thing of a certain king in the sensible world(a many) as caused by an eternal and ideal essence, or Form, in the transcendent world(a one). Also is Plato's view on the transcendent reality. In philosophy the transcendent reality means reality which transcends or lies beyond space and time. Thus god, as represented in classical theology is a transcendent being and true reality. However, Aristotle has different views on such matters. The difference lies in their views of forms are related to particular things. Aristotle rejects the idea of transcendent forms for an idea of immanent forms. It is a view of forms as existing within particular sensible things. He overcomes Plato's unbridgeable chasm between forms and sensible things by asserting that forms can be causes of things only if they are in those things. Another difference the two had was in the area of the arts. Plato argued that are is the "thrice removed" from reality. He states that a painting is an imperfect copy made from a man who is an imperfect copy himself. So Plato wanted to banish the arts. Where as Aristotle states that when the artist draws it, it brings us closer to the reality of the whole thing. What the artist does is to represent things in their universality. .
             Next, is Aristotle view of the Unmoved Mover? What he is saying is that matter is ever-changing and can change into something that is total different.

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