The dreamer and the awake (Plato) – El que sueña y el que está despierto, según Platón


 
Reflect: is not the dreamer, sleeping or waking, one who likens dissimilar things, who puts the copy in the place of the real object? I should certainly say that such an one was dreaming. But take the case of the other, who recognizes the existence of absolute beauty and is able to distinguish the Idea from the objects which participate in the Idea, neither putting the objects in the place of the Idea nor the Idea in the place of the objects—is he a dreamer, or is he awake?

Plato (Republic, 476 C)

 

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Reflexiona: ¿No es el que asemeja cosas desemejantes, que se fija en la copia en lugar del objeto real el que sueña, esté durmiendo o despierto? Yo ciertamente diría que tal individuo está soñando. Pero toma el caso del otro, el que reconoce la existencia de la belleza absoluta y puede distinguir la Idea de los objetos que participan en ella, sin poner los objetos en lugar de la Idea ni la Idea en lugar de los objetos – ¿es éste un soñador o es alguien que está despierto?

– Platón (La República, 476 C)

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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