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Plato’s Republic VI: The Divided Line Having explored the place of the form of the good in Plato's epistemology, we can now proceed from his primary division of reality into the two main divisions that we have already seen: The Sensible World. .............. and. ................ The World of the Forms …into two further sub-divisions: The Sensible World The World of the Forms images of things things mathematical forms higher forms Each of these four aspects of reality---images, things, mathematical forms and higher forms---must be grasped by a different faculty of the mind. In an attempt to illustrate his epistemological system, Plato gives us his famous image of the divided line: The line is divided into four parts signified by the main horizontal and vertical lines: (1) Everything below the horizontal line represents the sensible world; everything above it, the world of the forms. Plato means us to proceed from the bottom to the top, from images to higher forms, from the lowest level of reality to the highest. (2) The image is further divided by the vertical line. Everything on the left-hand side of the
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