The Plastic Brain

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Milton Galser took the link between Magritte and Plato one step further.

Of this work, he said: “The four hats shown in the poster suggest how art might be defined: as the thing itself, the word for the thing, the shadow of the thing and the shape of the thing.” 

Compare this, now with Plato. The hat, its shape and its shadow are all of the physical. Although the word may advance us a step towrd the Form, it remains only a represenation of the ‘true’ hat.

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As Magritte so poignantly expresses, a picture of a pipe is not a pipe. But as Plato mused, is a pipe even a pipe? What is a real pipe? Surely not that thing you hold in your hand, that did not exist before it was made, and will one day again be dust. The only real pipe is the Form, the idea of the pipe. It is not of the physical world, only of the intellectual, and is eternal and unchanging.

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