Where Are Ideas, Where Do Ideas Exist?June 27, 2021
It can be thought that Ideas that really exist, that have an absolute existence, must exist somewhere naturally and at first sight.
However, it is not correct to think that there is a place where Ideas exist; because they are intangible realities. Ideas as immaterial eternal realities exist in and by themselves; they therefore do not occupy a place in either time or space.
Plato simply says that Ideas are “separate” from concrete things, that they have a separate existence from what we see. The fact that they have a separate existence from sensory or tangible things actually means that they have an independent existence. In other words, Ideas have an independent existence where phenomena in time and space or appearances in the sensory world have a dependent existence. They do not owe their existence to phenomena, and they continue to exist even if not a single one of the phenomena that take part in them exists.
It is clear that ideas do not have a spatial dimension; The issue of where ideas exist comes to the fore as a result of our language implying that they are somewhere in space because they are something that exists. It seems unlikely that anything can be said about this except the fact that Ideas have an independent existence. Plato nonetheless refers to two issues that are only indirectly related to the same subject. In the first of these, Plato says that the soul, which is eternal like the Ideas, meets the Ideas before entering a body. In the second, he points out that God or the Demiurge takes Ideas as an example or model, while shaping sensuous things.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook