Single Idea 1652

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 6. Platonic Forms / a. Platonic Forms]

Full Idea

Socrates did not regard the universals or the objects of definitions as separate existents, while Plato did separate them, and called this sort of entity ideas/forms.

Gist of Idea

Socrates did not consider universals or definitions as having separate existence, but Plato made Forms of them


report of Socrates (reports of career [c.420 BCE]) by Aristotle - Metaphysics 1078b30

Book Reference

Vlastos,Gregory: 'Socrates: Ironist and Moral Philosopher' [CUP 1992], p.92