Plato’s Republic, philosophy homework help

Socrates states that opinions are in reference to objects that are in a state of becoming (flux), while knowledge is directed at objects in a state of being (static). For example, to have opinions about Beauty is to understand Beauty by beautiful sights, sounds, tastes,and feelings; but to know Beauty is to know Beauty itself apart from the way we experience it phenomenally.

This suggests that Beauty, Justice, Wisdom,and the like are not subjective (situational or relative) realities but rather objective (universal) realities.

Do you agree? Does it make sense to say you have beautiful experiences if Beauty itself doesn’t exist? Do you agree with his differentiation between knowledge and opinion?

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