Metaphor of the Divided Line

17 May

Divided Line

Segment Type of knowledge Type of object
DE (highest) Philosophical knowledge (noesis) Forms, especially the Form of the Good
CD Mathematical knowledge (dianoia) Abstract mathematical objects, such as numbers and lines
BC Beliefs about physical things (pistis), including scientific knowledge Physical things
AB (lowest) Opinions, illusions (eikasia) “Shadows” and things which do not really exist

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