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Plato - Theaetetus - Feet and shoes

Identifier

004014

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

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

Plato Theaetetus

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…………

The source of the experience

Plato

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Memory
Perceptions

Symbols

Feet and shoes

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Inherited genes

Commonsteps

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