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Single Idea 430

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / C. Rationalism / 1. Rationalism]

Full Idea

The eyes and ears are bad witnesses for men if they have barbarian souls.


'Soul' is the Greek word 'psuché', which covers mind and consciousness and life

Gist of Idea

Senses are no use if the soul is corrupt


Heraclitus (fragments/reports [c.500 BCE], B107), quoted by Sextus Empiricus - Against the Mathematicians 7.126

Book Reference

'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers', ed/tr. Freeman,Kathleen [Harvard 1957], p.32