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dc.contributor.authorCazeaux, Clive
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-17T16:02:40Z
dc.date.available2015-12-17T16:02:40Z
dc.date.issued2013-10-14
dc.identifier.citationCazeaux, C. (2013) 'Leading Plato into the darkroom', in Longhurst, J. (ed). On Perfection: An Artists’ Symposium, Intellect: Bristol, pp. 65-83.en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9781841507101
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/7396
dc.descriptionFull text added with permission of publisher (17 December 2015)en_US
dc.description.abstractPerfection lies at the heart of Plato’s metaphysics. He argues for the existence of a higher realm occupied by the Forms. Every kind of thing we experience in our world – physical or abstract – obtains its origin and shape from its higher, singular, perfect Form, much as if our world were made of dough cut into shapes by stencils. However, we ordinary mortals are not aware of this higher realm because we are tantalized by the senses, and representational art only makes things worse by glorifying appearances. Plato likens our situation to being prisoners in a cave, mistaking shadows on the walls for reality, and not realizing that ultimate existence lies outside in the light. The best we can do is to lead a moral life, to excel, to approach the perfection of our Form. But then the Form of photography appeared, and led Plato back deeper into the cave, into the darkest space possible. This chapter considers the impact of photography on Plato’s metaphysics, and demonstrates the capacity of technology to challenge and generate philosophical thought.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherIntellecten_US
dc.subjectPhotographyen_US
dc.subjectPerfectionen_US
dc.subjectTechneen_US
dc.subjectPlatoen_US
dc.subjectHeideggeren_US
dc.subjectDisclosureen_US
dc.titleLeading Plato into the darkroomen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dc.date.dateAccepted2013-02-14


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