Plato - Theaetetus - Feet and shoes
Type of Spiritual Experience
In the following quote Plato/Socrates is trying to describe the difference between soul and body. The original analogy probably came from Plato……….
A description of the experience
Theaetetus is unable to follow these distinctions; which Socrates proceeds to illustrate by examples, first of all remarking, that knowledge may exist without perception, and perception without knowledge. I may know Theodorus and Theaetetus and not see them; I may see them, and not know them.
'That I understand.'
But I could not mistake one for the other if I knew you both, and had no perception of either; or if I knew one only, and perceived neither; or if I knew and perceived neither, or in any other of the excluded cases.
The only possibility of error is: …. when knowing you and Theodorus, and having the impression of both of you on the waxen block, I, seeing you both imperfectly and at a distance, put the foot in the wrong shoe—that is to say, put the seal or stamp on the wrong object…………