Plato and Aristotle

  • 2000: Plato's theory of ideas
  • 2002: ‘While Plato’s metaphysics is a visionary one, Aristotle’s metaphysics is a descriptive one.’ Explain fully giving the essential differences between the views of the two thinkers regarding the nature of reality. (60 marks)
  • 2003: ‘A universal exists only in the particular’. Discuss in this connection Aristotle’s notion of universal and the idea of substance that follows it. (60 marks)
  • 2004: State and discuss Plato’s theory of forms. (60 marks)
  • 2005: Distinction between opinion and knowledge. Short Notes. (20 marks)
  • 2006: Discuss the ‘theory of matter’ according to Aristotle. Short Notes. (20 marks)
  • 2007: Plato’s recollection theory of knowledge. Short Notes. (20 marks)
  • 2008: Aristotle’s teleological conception of causation. Short Notes (20 marks)
  • 2009: Comment on - Plato’s analogy of the cave and its significance in his theory of knowledge. (20 marks)
  • 2010: How does Aristotle’s notion of causation defer from the modern notion of causation. (15 marks)
  • 2011: How does Plato relate the world of ideas to the empirical world? Discuss. (15 marks)
  • 2012: Discuss Aristotle’s metaphysical theory as a polemic against Plato’s theory of ideas.(15 marks)
  • 2013: Discuss how by refuting different concepts of Substances Aristotle establishes his own theory of a Substance ? (10 marks)
  • 2013: Explain Plato’s ontological theory of Forms. Is knowledge one of the Forms ? Explain. (12 ½ marks)
  • 2014: Discuss between knowledge and belief according to Plato. How is it based on his metaphysics ? Explain. (20 marks)
  • 2014: Explain the significance of Aristotle’s doctrine of form & matter in his theory of causation. (15 marks)
  • 2015: Explain Plato’s theory of forms? Does it entail a kind of essentialism? Discuss. (20 marks)
  • 2015: Aristotle’s distinction between ‘actuality’ and ‘potentiality’. (10 marks)
  • 2016: Does Aristotle treat matter as a 'Substance'? Give reasons for your answer. (20 marks)
  • 2016: Does Plato's 'Theory of Form' explain the 'change' and 'sensibility' of matter? Give reasons for your answer. (20 marks)
  • 2017: Explain Aristotle’s theory of form and matter. How does it help him resolve the problem of change and permanence? (15 marks)
  • 2017: In what sense can ideas be both immanent and transcendent? Discuss in this context Plato’s theory of universal and particulars. (10 marks)

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Year Question Marks
2017 In what sense can ideas be both immanent and transcendent? Discuss in this context Plato’s theory of universal and particulars. 10
Explain Aristotle’s theory of form and matter. How does it help him resolve the problem of change and permanence? 15
2016 Does Plato's 'Theory of Form' explain the 'change' and 'sensibility' of matter? Give reasons for your answer.  20
Does Aristotle treat matter as a 'Substance'? Give reasons for your answer. 20
2015 Aristotle’s distinction between ‘actuality’ and ‘potentiality’. 10
Explain Plato’s theory of forms? Does it entail a kind of essentialism? Discuss. 20
2014 Explain the significance of Aristotle’s doctrine of form & matter in his theory of causation. 15
Discuss between knowledge and belief according to Plato. How is it based on his metaphysics? Explain. 20
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