Perceptions on Reality

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Perceptions on Reality
Both Aristotle and Plato had a perspective of reality which subsumed that the concept of the soul was inherent to humans and immortal. Aristotle believed that “the soul is an actuality like knowledge; for both sleeping and waking presuppose the existence of soul, and of these waking corresponds to reflecting, sleeping to knowledge possessed but not employed, and knowledge of something is temporally prior” (Aristotle 359).
The perspectives both of them held on reality was quite advanced for their time. The prevailing belief for many cultures throughout the prior millennia had been that reality
was more or less dictated by the will of Gods. The interjection of the concept of the soul introduced the component to reality...
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.....hilosophers believed that human beings were always striving for in the form of self-realization.
It was through this path of self-realization, which involved humans becoming more attuned to the soul and its objectives and less swayed by the crude objectives of the body, which were rooted in the physically derived perception of the senses, that humans would fulfill the destiny which had been set out before them.
Plato regarded humans as toy of God who had the onus of rising to their potentials as their only requirement. Both philosophers propounded that the soul was the window to reality.
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Plato. Phaedo. Print