Introduction to Philosophy
... Plato’s Divided Line An Overview Plato, in his ‘divided line’ model, sees two areas,which are, the intelligible world (knowledge) and the visible world of consciousness (opinion). As said by Plato, the visible world--as a world of simple sensation and outer forms-- comes before the intelligible world. Plato believes that during the course of having knowledge, the mind passes through four levels of progress, as shown in the diagram below:
As illustrated in the diagram, at each level, there is a related aspect between the form of object introduced to the mind and the form of idea this object makes.
The lowest stage is filled with of ‘imagination’, for it is rooted fully in senses, feelings, or assum...