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Matter MattersMetaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period$
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Kurt Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.001.0001

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The Visible and the Intelligible

The Visible and the Intelligible

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(p.15) 1 The Visible and the Intelligible
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Matter Matters
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Kurt Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.003.0002

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

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