Republic V, 476c.

If the world is a likeness of something that simply exists, and most of all satisfies what it means to exist or be good or be beautiful, what then?

So he who believes in beautiful things, but not in beauty itself, and is not able to follow someone who tries to guide him to the knowledge of it — do you think that his life is a dream or a waking? Just consider. Is not the dream state… just this: the taking of the resemblance for the thing itself?



  1. November 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    It is … but the thing itself cannot be spoken … whereof one cannot speak … thereof one must remain silent … in the very attempt to say it it immediately crumbles away … the living ETHICAL world is SPIRIT in its TRUTH

    • Patrick said,

      November 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Duncan, what do you mean here?

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