Lets get started on how to locate Socrates imaginary line.
In the posts I will do my best to demonstrate how to put the theory into practical use, but first I need to show you that a line actually exists.
I will be reading from this book, you can purchase it from amazon or anywhere. The works are edited by John. M. Cooper. Honestly, you could purchase anyone’s edits but I like this one.
In this excerpt Socrates and Gloucan are talking about two different things; one is abstract and one is physical. The abstract thing is intelligence, and the physical thing is the world we live in. He names them, one is intelligible and this is where our thoughts exists. The other is the physical world we can visualize with our eyes.
Draw the Line
Now, draw an imaginary line between the physical world we see and the intelligent world we cannot see. This line should be our first Socratic Line. On one side we have earth, fire, water, and air, and the other side we have thoughts.
Next, be careful not to actually separate them, or even place rules on them. All we want to do is place a line between them because establishing truth of their parts is another lesson.
The line is imaginary, it is not real, it is used as a dividing line to help visualize what cannot be seen.