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Nous & Plato's Divided Line

How would a careful reflection on the specific details of the Divided Line's account of how NOUS grows and thrives lead one to the conclusion that it is always wrong to do harm to others, and most especially to enemies and "deviants" and criminals?

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The Divided Line

Plato divides the knowable world in the visible and the intelligible (that which we can know). This is of course tied to his other lectures on reality, ethics and theory (i.e. Allegory of the Cave) but his divided line primarily seeks to explore what Plato sees as the 4 levels of existence via a device he calls 'The dividing line'. The idea is to draw a line, divide it unequally into 2 parts then subsequently divide the two parts in the same unequal manner. One has to view the line as formally divided into 2 parts - the first 2 segments correspond to the ...

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The solution provides insight and advise in explaining & tackling the problem of Plato's "divided line", in particular its account of NOUS and its implied proposal that doing harm to others, especially deviants and criminals is wrong. References are listed for the purpose of expansion. A word-version is attached.

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