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Again there must be a Form of largeness itself that explains our understanding of the largeness of all these objects. Plato also argues that there are Forms of objects as well as concepts. He argues that there are Forms that correspond to beds and tables. The Form of the table is reflected in all the examples of tables of all shapes and sizes and enables us to recognise them all as tables (596b). In fact, everything we experience in the world is a reflection of one or more Form. It is knowledge and awareness of this ‘world of Forms’, which underpins the world we experience that marks out the true philosopher.

For Plato justice is just this, ‘minding your own business’ (433b, 434c). The state is just when each person and class sticks to its own task and does that for which it is naturally best suited. When this is the case the state or polis functions like a living being as an organic whole, with each person and class of persons being like the different parts of a body. No one of the limbs or organs can function alone or do the job of another body part, nor can they function properly unless all the other parts of the body are doing their jobs properly.

Once we turn to the world of ideas we face a problem separating the good judgements of value and right and wrong from the bad. Indeed, it may be that there are no good or bad judgements, just mine or yours. Plato, aware of this danger, attempts to provide an anchor for such judgements; he tries to provide an objective foundation for claims of justice and morality. Having already rejected in Book I of The Republic the common-sense approach of Cephalus and Polemarchus’s appeal to authority, Plato’s rebuttal of Thrasymachus and Glaucon involves what is called a foundationalist approach.

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