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Explain Platos conception of the cosmos, emphasising the ways in whish his thought represents a a synthesis of pre-socratic thinkers and the ways in which his thought reflects his idealist epistemological stance.

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Plato believed that the cosmos were made by a dimaruge (god). He believed that the world was made of 4 elements:earth,air,fire, and water. In addition, he added a fifth element which would represnt the universe as a whole. Plato who shared the smae technique as many other pre-socratic philophers, felt that the elements had to be reduced to mathmatics abstacts, for ture knowledge is only found in mathamatics. As a result, he reduced the elements to trianges which were incorpereal. Thus showing that mathamatics was the key to seeking out knowledge. In addtion, Plato says in the Timesus, that the gods used planning and reasoning, in order to create the cosmos. Once again, this shows his idealist stance, for he thinks the cosmos are based on an idea.

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