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Single Idea 20894

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 3. Representation]

Full Idea

It is necessary to recognise that man by virtue of this criterion is separated from reality.

Gist of Idea

Man is separated from reality


Democritus (fragments/reports [c.431 BCE], B006), quoted by Sextus Empiricus - Against the Logicians (two books) 7.137

Book Reference

Democritus: 'Early Greek Phil VII: Democritus', ed/tr. Laks,A/Most,G [Harvard Loeb 2016], p.77

A Reaction

I don't know what 'this criterion' is, but it strikes me as quite a good slogan for fans (like myself) of the representative theory of perception. Critics say it is the big objection to the representative theory, but I say 'get over it'.