To begin, Plato’s Form of the Good was in essence the giver of life. It was often related to the sun in the way that they both gave life and allowed all life to grow. So if the Sun is the giver of light, being the creator, then Aristotle’s God is a striking resemblance of this idea. Aristotle realized that for all of science and nature to make sense, there must be a beginning. Science states that energy cannot be created or destroyed and nature is observed to be cyclical in how it destroys and creates life. Every river has a beginning, but even so the water must come f...
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...inally gaze upon the light.
In conclusion, Plato’s’ idea was given new purpose with Aristotle’s God. They have similarities ranging from their eternal existences, and to the way they work and cause motion in the world. The Form of the Good does this through its light and warmth, while the prime mover does it through causing motion from which all other matter either organic or not can exist and change along with time. The Prime mover and The Form of the Good are solely responsible for motion in our world. Both the Prime Mover and The Form of the Good are eternal and unchangeable by another force. Therefore they must be, by logic, the same entity.
Bodnar, Istvan, “Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( Spring 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2012/entries/aristotle-natphil/.
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