The Visible and the Intelligible

Kurt Smith

in Matter Matters

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583652
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723155 | DOI:
The Visible and the Intelligible

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In this chapter, Plato's analogy of the divided line, introduced in Book VI of the Republic, is discussed. Here, the distinction between two realms of object, the Visible and the Intelligible, is developed, and this introduces two kinds of investigation known to Plato and the ancients: analysis and synthesis.

Keywords: Plato; Visible; Intelligible; forms; image; representation; analysis; synthesis

Chapter.  5588 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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