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I'm a beginner at Philosophy, and I'm trying to categorize this metaphysical belief:

"Thoughts are thought by humans, but continue to exist, interact with other ideas, and exert power in some sort of idea-space after being thought."

Does this correspond to any idea or set of ideas in philosophy? I could imagine claiming that it's more a religious idea, but my understanding is that philosophers have sophisticated ways of talking about religious ideas as well.

  • Can you edit your question so that the title and body are consistent? (the answer to one element in the title question is "no net necessarily neo-platonic"; the answer to at least one of the body questions is more complex and interesting) – virmaior Jun 6 '18 at 23:43
  • A German term may help: "geschichtlich". "An event is "historisch" if it took place once in the course of human development, but now belongs to the past and had no further bearing either on individual or collective existence....cont. – Gordon Jun 7 '18 at 14:43
  • Cont. ...An event is "geschichtlich", on the other hand, if it took place once in the past but still continues to make itself felt even to the present day, moving and determining human life." Michael Schmaus, "Dogma, God in Revelation" p. 30, Sheed & Ward, 1968. – Gordon Jun 7 '18 at 14:50
  • What causes this stubborn historical event (stubborn fragment) to hang-on for so long, and with the ability to move and determine human life? Because this event is an event-idea, the event is retained but it is also transformed into an idea. It lives on as an idea, and it can take on a life of its own, and have real effects on the world. Now, to change the subject, as far as a closed world of ideas, see Plato. I do not think the sense world under Plato causes us to intuit the forms, rather I think under Plato we re-remember the Forms, but I am no expert in Plato. – Gordon Jun 7 '18 at 14:58
  • While also in this topic I should also mention the separate study of Sociology of Knowledge, en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociology_of_knowledge – Gordon Jun 7 '18 at 15:03

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