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What about someone
who believes in beautiful things but doesn’t believe in the beautiful
itself and isn’t able to follow anyone who could lead him to the
knowledge of it? Don’t you think he is living in a dream rather
than a wakened state? Isn’t this dreaming: whether asleep or awake,
to think that a likeness is not a likeness but rather the thing
itself that it is like?
In Book V, Socrates explains what distinguishes
the lover of sights and sounds, the pseudo-intellectual, from the
true philosopher. The lover of sights and sounds takes the sensible
objects around him for the most real things, not recognizing that
there is a higher level of reality in the intelligible realm. In
particular, he goes around talking about beauty, billing himself
as an expert on beauty, and yet he does not even realize that there
is such a thing as the Form of the Beautiful, which is the cause
of all sensible beauty.
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