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[[Plato]]'s '''Theory of Forms''' asserts that '''Forms''' (or '''[[Idea]]s'''), and not the material world of change [[Plato's allegory of the cave|known to us through sensation]], possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. The Forms are the only true objects of study that can provide us with genuine knowledge. Plato spoke of forms (sometimes capitalized in translations: '''The Forms''') in formulating [[Platonic realism|his solution]] to the [[problem of universals]]. [[Plato]]'s '''Theory of Forms''' asserts that '''Forms''' (or '''[[Idea]]s'''), and not the material world of change [[Plato's allegory of the cave|known to us through sensation]], possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. The Forms are the only true objects of study that can provide us with genuine knowledge. Plato spoke of forms (sometimes capitalized in translations: '''The Forms''') in formulating [[Platonic realism|his solution]] to the [[problem of universals]].
 +==See also==
 +* [[Actual infinity]]
 +* [[Dunamis]]
 +* [[Energeia]]
 +* [[Entelechy]]
 +* [[Hexis]]
 +* [[Plotinus]]
 +* [[Potential infinity]]
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Plato's Theory of Forms asserts that Forms (or Ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. The Forms are the only true objects of study that can provide us with genuine knowledge. Plato spoke of forms (sometimes capitalized in translations: The Forms) in formulating his solution to the problem of universals.

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