Consequently, a Platonic form is not a property or quality, for there is no subject or substance for it to be a property or quality of p. Moline holds, contrary to Aristotle Met. On Moline's interpretation the form of gold would seem to be a scattered particular' consisting of all the particles of gold--all the gold icosahedra Tim.
That this is indeed Moline's idea is indicated by such comments as the following: "[A power or form] can be in a location but not confined to that location, as an army can have a detachment at one spot and also another detachment elsewhere and still be the same army" p. On Moline's interpretation, then, Platonic forms are spatiotemporal objects. As such they are ytyv6Bevct, things which become, and thus are capable of coming into existence and passing away.
If the form of gold consists of all the gold icosahedra in the world, the form would be destroyed if all the gold in the world were transmuted into another substance--a theoretical possibility on Plato's physical theory. But Plato is always intent to maintain that forms do not come into existence or pass away Tim.
Furthermore, according to the Timaeus, forms are not merely indestructible; they are outside of space and time altogether 37CC3, 51EBz.
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A just individual is ruled by his rational component, the spirited component supports this rule and the appetitive submits to it. These two tripartite systems are inextricably linked. A Producer is dominated by his appetites, the Auxiliaries by the spirited, and the Guardians by the rational.
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The Guardians are therefore the most just men. Reducing it to its simplest form, Plato describes the world as composed of two realms — the visible which we can sense and the intelligible which can only be grasped intellectually. The intelligible world is comprised of Forms — immutable absolutes such as Goodness and Beauty that exist in permanent relation to the visible world. All these arguments fail to distance the desire for justice from its consequences.