Plato and Transcendental form
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Plato viewed human good as a transcendental form. Plato compares human good to what ‘sun’ is for the forms. In the same way that the sun provides light for the eyes to see, human good provides the required understanding to gain information about the forms. Explaining the concept of transcendental form, Plato explains that while all forms participate in ‘being, transcendental forms participate in the same way as sunlight. Sunlight is required for the existence of all things. Without sunlight, things would be unable to grow or develop s organisms or, or exist in nature. Human good can, therefore, be defined as something that helps in forming and sustaining all forms necessary for human happiness.  Aristotle, on the other hand, views human good is an end in itself. So, human good according to Aristotle is the purpose of all action. Aristotle equates human good to the best and most complete virtue, Pleasurable actions re those, which encourage virtue of the highest degree.


 Plato opines that human nature is seeking enlightenment through knowledge and reason. His interpretation of human nature is that an individual should perform his role in a way suited to the needs of the society, which will be strengthened by such human nature. Aristotle views that human nature is moulded after birth and man is basically hedonistic. The impulsive nature of man pursing pleasure more than pain shapes the nature of man. I feel that both the philosophers are of the view that human nature is of critical need for the society, which in turn, would contribute to human good.


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