Sample Philosophy Essays On Plato’s Theory of Ideas

Homework Question on Plato’s Theory of Ideas

  1. How can you apply Plato’s ideas to the movie “The Lives of Others” [German movie 2006]
  2. What is the meaning of the ending of the movie?

Homework Answer on Plato’s Theory of Ideas

According to Plato’s theory of ideas, there are two levels of reality; the visible world of sounds and sights and the intelligible world of ideas or forms. In simpler terms, Plato’s ideas imply that apart from people having the ability to identify a beautiful person or material, they have a conception of beauty in the abstract. In “The Lives of Others” film, apart from the Stasi officials identifying Wiesler’s professionalism from his physical appearance, they have a conception of his professionalism in the abstract, and this influences Wiesler’s selection as the Stasi’s agent.

Moreover, in carrying out his duties, Wiesler can physically identify Dreyman’s hatred towards the state and has a conception of his hatred in the abstract and reasons why Dreyman is strongly against the state (“The Lives of Others” 1). These two contexts in the film highlight Plato’s ideas because they showcase that two levels of reality exist among humans; the visible world of sounds and sights that people inhabit and the intelligible world of forms or conceptions that people have of other people, materials, and situations.

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At the end of the movie, Dreyman comes to the realization that one of the Stasi’s agent’s, Wiesler, played a role in the disappearance of the typewriter from the floor where it had been hidden. Dreyman realizes that the view he had of Wiesler was indeed false and that Wiesler supported his actions against the Stasi (“The Lives of Others” 1). This means that despite the existence of two distinct levels of reality, the two, which are the visible world and the intelligible world, are often in conflict.