Short Argument Against Platonism

  1. No Platonic Form can have a property with which it is not identical (3 cannot be 7, 7 cannot be green, greenness cannot be smaller than rudeness, etc).
  2. A Platonic Form is a Universal, and a Universal is a Platonic Form.
  3. A Universal is that which can be said of many (this includes adjectives, prepositions, substantives, etc.).
  4. Existence can be said of many.
  5. Therefore, existence is a universal (a Platonic Form).
  6. Platonism (Platonic Realism) claims that all Platonic Forms exist.
  7. If all Platonic Forms exist, then at least one Platonic Form has a property with which it is not identical (namely, existence).
  8. Therefore, Platonism (Platonic Realism) is wrong.

About tylerjourneaux

I am an aspiring Catholic theologian and philosopher, and I have a keen interest in apologetics. I am creating this blog both in order to practice and improve my writing and memory retention as I publish my thoughts, and in order to give evidence of my ability to understand and communicate thoughts on topics pertinent to Theology, Philosophy, philosophical theology, Catholic (Christian) Apologetics, philosophy of religion and textual criticism.
This entry was posted in Metaphysics, Philosophy and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s