The latter is conceived as possessing some character, quality, power, which renders it an object of desire.Two questions now arise: These two questions may be combined in one: "What is the good in the ontological order?Plato According to Plato, in the objective order corresponding to our thought, there are two different worlds: the world of things, and the incomparably higher, nobler world of ideas, which transcends the world of things.
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Being and the good are, then, objectively the same, every being is good, every good is being.
Our concepts, being and good differ formally: the first simply denotes existence ; the second, existence as a perfection, or the power of contributing to the perfection of a being.
Their goodness then, is something distinct from, and added to, their proper essences or being.
What, in Plato's mind, is the nature of this participation we need not explain further than that he makes it consist in this, that the thing is a copy or imitation of the idea.
The speculations of Plato and Aristotle, especially have had a notable influence on Christian thought; they were adopted, in eclectic fashion, by the early Fathers, who combined many of the ancient philosophic ideas with revealed truth, by correcting some and amplifying others.