Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (1):pp. 1-13 (2010)

Yancy Dominick
Seattle University
In this paper I defend a reading of eikasia as the viewing of an image as an image; this condition need not involve any confusion of image and original. The “standard reading” of eikasia, on which experiencing this state involves mistaking images for originals, is unsatisfactory, despite the fact that it offers an attractive account of the relation of the line and the cave. The initial description of eikasia makes the suggestion that Socrates believes that anyone consistently mistakes images for originals implausible. Furthermore, the similarity later described between eikasia and dianoia, the third highest state on the line, supports the claim that eikasia can sometimes involve the successful study of an object through its image. After outlining my view of eikasia and explaining these arguments against the “standard” view, I return to the cave and attempt a pairing of the line and the cave that accords with my account of eikasia
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/hph.0.0193
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,089
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Plato.Nicholas D.and Thomas Brickhouse Smith - 2005 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Prisoners and Puppeteers in the Cave.James Wilberding - 2004 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 27:117-39.
The Divided Line of Plato Rep. VI.J. L. Stocks - 1911 - Classical Quarterly 5 (02):73-.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Socrates’ Warning Against Misology.Thomas Miller - 2015 - Phronesis 60 (2):145-179.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Plato’s Divided Line.Nicholas D. Smith - 1996 - Ancient Philosophy 16 (1):25-46.
Getting to the Bottom of “Triple Bottom Line”.Chris MacDonald - 2004 - Business Ethics Quarterly 14 (2):243-262.
Double Vision: On the Sensible and the Intelligible.Matthew S. Linck - 2008 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (1):25-47.
Marketing Ethics: The Bottom Line?Michael Yeo - 1988 - Journal of Business Ethics 7 (12):929 - 932.
The Divided Line of Plato Rep. VI.J. L. Stocks - 1911 - Classical Quarterly 5 (02):73-.
Plato's Divided Line and Dialectic.R. Hackforth - 1942 - Classical Quarterly 36 (1-2):1-.


Added to PP index

Total views
53 ( #212,204 of 2,499,037 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #419,059 of 2,499,037 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes