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Plato was a philosopher in ancient Athens and a student of Socrates, Plato helped teach Aristotle. He is one of the most important philosopher in all of western history. Plato was born into a wealthy family and tended to support the idea of rule by the wealthy or the wise. Plato may have taken too little account of how far wealthy people and also intelligent people with good understanding can be corrupted by power.
Platonism involved the idea that reality was supposed to exist in some abstract, perfect form and that what we see on Earth, is an imperfect representation of the perfect idea. According to Plato the world of ideas was more real then this world because an idea can never break. Some people are likely to see large parts of Platonism as conjecture dressed up as facts.
- There is no reason to assume that any hierarchy of perfection exists with God at the top. Platonism is not necessarily relevant to how we deal with the imperfect representations that we can find in real life and there is no scientific reason to believe that perfect abstractions, whatever they are exist.
- There is no reason to assume that our “Soul” or mind has methods of finding things out other than what physical scientists can establish.
- There is no reason to assume that we have any divine nature or that we depart from it.
Another aspect of Platonism, the idea that the Universe is interconnected and different parts affect each other is clearly true.