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The Dividing Lien of Plato's Allegory of the Cave

- Plato’s allegory of the cave, located in Book VII of The Republic is one of the most famous allegories in which he has created. This simile touches base on a number of philosophical ideas which Plato developed over the progression of The Republic (Plato, G.M.A Grube, 1993), the most noticeable being the dividing line. The dividing line is the point between the world of ideas where we live and the world of the forms which is in the heavens. This allegory of the cave helps people understand the theory on which philosophy is based....   [tags: Plato, Allegory of the Cave, analysis]

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Plato's The Allegory of the Cave

- Plato's The Allegory of the Cave In Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave,” he suggests that there are two different forms of vision, a “mind’s eye” and a “bodily eye.” The “bodily eye” is a metaphor for the senses. While inside the cave, the prisoners function only with this eye. The “mind’s eye” is a higher level of thinking, and is mobilized only when the prisoner is released into the outside world. This eye does not exist within the cave; it only exists in the real, perfect world. The “bodily eye” relies on sensory perceptions about the world in order to determine what is reality....   [tags: Plato Allegory Cave Essays]

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The Allegory of the Cave by Plato

- The Allegory of the Cave by Plato      "The Allegory of the Cave," by Plato, explains that people experience emotional and intellectual revelations throughout different stages in their lives. This excerpt, from his dialogue The Republic, is a conversation between a philosopher and his pupil. The argument made by this philosopher has been interpreted thousands of times across the world. My own interpretation of this allegory is simple enough as Plato expresses his thoughts as separate stages. The stages, very much like life, are represented by growing realizations and newfound "pains." Therefore, each stage in "The Allegory of the Cave" reveals the relation between the growth of the mind an...   [tags: Plato Allegory Cave Philosophy Essays]

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The Allegory of the Cave and Dante

- The Allegory of the Cave and Dante “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.” This maxim applies to the poet Dante Alighieri, writer of The Inferno in the 1300s, because it asserts the need to establish oneself as a contributor to society. Indeed, Dante’s work contributes much to Renaissance Italy as his work is the first of its scope and size to be written in the vernacular. Due to its readability and availability, The Inferno is a nationalistic symbol....   [tags: Plato Allegory Cave Dante Essays]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- “The Allegory of the Cave” In Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave”, he tells a story about prisoners that were chained up in a cave. There were shadows constructed on the wall of the cave that played as the prisoner’s reality. One of the prisoners in the story ends up breaking free and begins to experience the real-world. Learning all that he had learned since the cave including the shadows was controlled by other people and a lie. When he went back to tell the others, the others were afraid of what he was saying and didn’t believe him....   [tags: Logic, Truth, Reality, Learning]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The allegory of the cave is an enlightening philosophical work made by Greek Philosopher, Plato. The allegory portrays people as sponges and that they only know as much as they are told, whether it is true or not and it compares the effect of education and the lack of it in human nature. Plato’s allegory of the cave is highly comparable to the movie called “The Truman Show”, which some may argue is a modern adaptation that is more relatable today. It shares some of the main themes of the allegory, for example the seven symbols of the cave: the light/fire, the shadows, the breaking of the chains, the prisoners, the free prisoner, the cave, and the real objects....   [tags: Reality television, The Truman Show, Reality]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Allegory of the Cave: An Enlightening Burden Imagine a group of people, prisoners, who had been chained to stare at a wall in a cave for all of their lives. Facing that wall, these prisoners can pass the time by merely watching the shadows casted from a fire they could not see behind them dance on the walls. These shadows became the closest to what view of reality the prisoners have. But what happens after one of these prisoners is unbound from his chains to inspect beyond the wall of shadows, to the fire and outside the cave....   [tags: Knowledge, Truth, The Prisoner, Plato]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Welcome to the Real World While class begins on a shortened school week the students start by reading Plato 's “The Allegory of the Cave.” Reading, discussing, and then back to reading, the students have still gained a small amount of knowledge on what Plato 's theory really means. The teacher decides to watch the Wachowskis ' The Matrix, in hopes that the stories will connect. Beginning the movie, the students see how Plato 's idea of the chained people believing what is real to them equally compares to Neo, the main character of The Matrix, being unable to tell if he is awake or dreaming....   [tags: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Many people rely on what we can see, touch, smell, and hear to be real and true; however there is also the question of how do we know that something is real and true. The world we live in could be made up, and we all could be living in a fantasy. What we, as humans, believe to be real and true could all be a lie. For example, in the Allegory of the cave, these prisoners believed that the stories projected on the wall were true. These stories were fake, but the prisoners believed it was true because that is all they had been taught....   [tags: Morpheus, The Matrix, Redpill, The Matrix Reloaded]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Allegory of the Cave is a hypothetical scenario, described by Plato, in the form of a conversation between Socrates and Glaucon. Socrates describes the picture of prisoners living in a cave where they have no source of light except for the one provided by the fire. There since birth, the prisoners live in a fixed position, staring at the shadows that are projected onto the walls. The puppeteers walk along a path behind the chained prisoners, each holding different objects. They live in a state of constant prediction, waiting for future shadows to be cast....   [tags: Religion, Truth, The Prisoner, Plato]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato is one of the great philosophers in history, which still is teaching us lessons today. One of his most historic story, “Allegory of the Cave.” When discussing his views of truth and reality, and how the truth we experience is not direct or literal, is best explained through his words. Allegory of the cave in modern times, is the equivalent of the movie, “The Matrix” (The first film). What better representation of a classic tale told in a modern way. If the world you have learned to accept and the truth that you surround yourself with, could all be changed, would you take the leap of faith to truly understand what the truth is....   [tags: Truth, Mind, Theory, Reality]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Throughout the course of history, mankind has unceasingly strived to comprehend the purpose of our existence. Who are we. Why are we here. While many different conclusions to these questions have emerged, Plato shared Socrates’ believe that ignorance is the mind’s natural state and that our human existence is meant to be lived seeking true knowledge through debate and questioning. In “The Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic, Plato depicts a cave where prisoners are chained from their childhood to grow up only looking at the back of the cave wall....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Socrates, Platonism]

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The Allegory of the Cave

- The Allegory of the Cave or also known as, Myth of the Cave, is a good example of explaining the feature of the way people think. It is a concept that demonstrates how humans are fearful of change and what they don’t know. Plato says that men are living in an underground cave and it is a situation. The Allegory of the Cave is Plato's explanation of the education of the soul toward enlightenment. Plato talks about being free, everyday life, knowledge, and essentially what he wrote to be true. I think that he was very unique with his writings because there are so many ways to look at the world and his way was just one....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- gory of Cave What is the definition of perception and ignorance. Let us define perception as one’s view of life through rationalize of the external world and ignorance as an assumption without proof and contemplation. In the “Allegory of The Cave”, Plato uses Socrates to explain different types of people, one who sees the physical realm accepting ideas as they form and one who live in the knowledge realm by questioning their ideas. People of the knowledge realm are obligated to help those in the physical realm by removal of ignorance through questioning....   [tags: Plato, Knowledge, Perception, Islam]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- In Plato’s, “The Allegory of the Cave” he is telling a story about Socrates and a conversation with Glaucon, Plato’s brother. In this story Socrates tells Glaucon of a cave, “Behold. Human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads” (Plato)....   [tags: Plato, Socrates, Philosophy, Socratic method]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato Story "The Allegory of the cave" had many common ideas between the two stories "Learning to Read and Write" By Fredrick Douglas and "The Lonely, Good company of Books" by Richard Rodriguez , the few common ideas were how education was eye opening after it was obtained, the idea to understand, and ones perspective of life. Throughout Plato 's story "The Allegory of the cave" men are stuck in this cave with their backs turned away from the light, until one day a man turns towards the light and learns for himself what the light is about....   [tags: Learning, Education, Knowledge]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Red Pilled People often accept what is presented to them as fact instead of meeting the information with skepticism. In “The Allegory of the Cave,” by Plato, and in The Matrix, by the Wachowski Brothers, both include public masses that are unaware of their blindness to the true reality of their worlds. Also, few people exist in both texts that have escaped the oppression of those who rule the masses, discovering legitimate reality for the first time in their lives. These people who have escaped are no longer slaves of the illusion of reality presented to them by their oppressors....   [tags: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- For millennia authors have been exploring the concept of truth and how it relates to everyday life, and it still continues to be a common theme in literature. It dates back to 340 B.C. when Plato wrote “The Allegory of the Cave” to present day literary texts. Although truth may not always be apparent at first, it still persists and does not change due to one’s opinion. While humans are able to analyze their surroundings and situations, it is not possible to know the truth without all necessary information....   [tags: Truth, Mind, Reality, Perception]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Allegory of the Cave is a metaphor found in Book XII of The Republic written by the Greek philosopher, Plato. It is a dialogue between Plato and a man named Glaucon that discusses several different theories about human nature and the idea of enlightenment. Many people question whether or not the theories mentioned in Book XII apply to the government of the United States as it is today. It is evident after reading Book XII of Plato’s Republic that the answer is yes; his theories remain relevant, even in the world of today....   [tags: Truth, Theory, The Prisoner, Reality]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- “Welcome all. This is a glorious day, as we are beyond excited to have world-class writer Tristan Teichmeier here at the Pulitzer Prize Convention to read off his most recent work of brilliance, an essay on the impact of critical, creative, and independent thinking. Now, without further ado, we introduce to you Tristan Teichmeier.” “Ser especial” is what I always used to hear from my mom when I was little. It translates to “be special,” and is something I try and pride myself on every time I take on a challenge....   [tags: Critical thinking, Thought, Christopher Nolan]

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The Allegory of the Cave

- The allegory of the cave is a philosophical writing in art form of allegory. The main idea of this story is realism. Moreover, Plato wants to explain to us in what we make mistakes and how we are able to misunderstand what life is. Socrates said: “Let show me how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened.” There are two ways how we can comprehend this story. Firstly, Plato desired to show that we might not figure out true reality, how Socrates said: “Human beings living in underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den”, as an example, we may say that we are unenlightened, and when somebody understands some new things we do not believe him and...   [tags: Plato's philosophy]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- In the Allegory of The Cave, Plato states that "the prison world is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world according to my poor belief". Everything described in the Allegory of The Cave holds a double meaning as a symbol for something else; the prison world symbolizes our world and the fire casting shadows on the walls of the cave is in actuality the sun. Only the sun isn 't just the sun, it is a representation of the good and the truth in this world....   [tags: Jesus, Baptism, John the Baptist, Gospel of John]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- In this section, Plato is setting up the scene for the Allegory of the Cave where he also gives the Analogy of the Divided Line and the Analogy of the Sun. Plato is narrating a discussion between Socrates and Glaucon. “Next, then,” I said, “make an image of our nature in its education and want of education, likening it to a condition of the following kind. See human beings as though they were in an underground cave-like dwelling with its entrance, a long one, open to the light across the whole width of the cave....   [tags: Truth, Reality, Plato, Ontology]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- According to “The Allegory of the Cave,” “ The Oedipus Complex,” and “ The Personal and the Collective Unconscious,” people 's behavior in society originates in the conscious and unconscious minds. Different people have different kinds of personalities which are caused by different types of education, environments, cultures and experiences. These elements strongly influence how they regard the world, and influence how their conscious mind works. When people act how they want it means that they use their conscious minds....   [tags: Unconscious mind, Carl Jung, Mind, Consciousness]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- It was during my senior year of high school in my philosophy class that I was changed by a reading/writing experience. We had to read a short story called "The Allegory of the Cave" which was taught by the prestigious philosopher Socrates, but written by his protege Plato. At first I really didn 't want to do this assignment, it sounded kind of boring. But once I actually did it, it turned out to be a really interesting story. It made me think deeper into everything I do, and it showed me different perceptions on what is happening....   [tags: Mind, Thought, Perception, Psychology]

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The Allegory Of The Cave

- Education plays an essential and meaningful role in the world. Everyone is born to be educated in order to enrich their minds. There are various ways human can be educated and get rid of ignorance. In the text “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, it describes the ignorance of those prisoners. They reject to receive the truths about the outside world. Ignorance is horrible, but it is even more pathetic if people refuse to obtain knowledge. It is important to understand ourselves and find a best way to improve ourselves....   [tags: Knowledge, Learning, Education]

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Toni Cade Bambara’s The Lesson in the Cave

- Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” in the Cave In “The Allegory of the Cave,” Plato describes the cave as very dark with chained people inside and a wall where they can only see shadow illusions, which they believe is reality. Outside the cave, there is “light” and “truth.” One chained person is released into the “light,” which is uncomfortable at first, because of how bright the “light” or “truth” is however, once he adjusts, he realizes the outer world is the “truth” or reality and the cave is a shadow of reality....   [tags: truth, allegory of the cave]

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Analysis of Plato's Allegory of the Cave

- Analysis of Plato's Allegory of the Cave Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" presents a vision of humans as slaves chained in front of a fire observing the shadows of things on the cave wall in front of them. The shadows are the only "reality" the slaves know. Plato argues that there is a basic flaw in how we humans mistake our limited perceptions as reality, truth and goodness. The allegory reveals how that flaw affects our education, our spirituality and our politics. The flaw that Plato speaks about is trusting as real, what one sees - believing absolutely that what one sees is true....   [tags: Papers Plato Allegory Perspectives Essays]

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The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave by Plato

- The Matrix and the cave There are numerous similarities between The Matrix and “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato. “The Allegory of the Cave” has prisoners of the cave that are unable to move and only able to see what passes over their cave and there is one prisoner that is freed (Plato, circa 380 BC). The Matrix has humans trapped inside of the matrix. (Silver Pictures & Wachowski Brothers, 1999). The main character is Neo. Neo represents the prisoner from Plato’s cave that was freed. Neo woke up to a reality that was not easy to understand....   [tags: prisoners, humans, perception, reality]

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The Allegory of The Cave, by Plato

- Plato’s logical strategy in the allegory of the cave is of deductive reasoning. Plato uses a cave containing people bound by chains which constrict their neck and legs in such a way that they are unable to turn around and there is a fire roaring behind them casting shadows on the wall. Since the prisoners cannot turn their heads to see what is casting the shadow the only thing they can perceive are the shadows and the sounds that seem to becoming from them. This is what Plato argues in the allegory of the cave “To them, I said, the truth would literally be nothing but the shadows of the images.”(The Allegory of the Cave Plato)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Rhetoric]

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Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Jumping Mouse

- Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Jumping Mouse Truth is like trout. Slippery, it becomes difficult to grasp tightly in any attempt to catch it, and is even more difficult to show to other people, in that when one holds it up for scrutiny it is often lost in the struggle to do so. "Jumping Mouse" and Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" have a common theme in the form of the search for truth, and showing this truth to the unenlightened. They vary greatly, however, in the carrying out of their exposure of truth, and more, their view of truth and how it is to be handled....   [tags: Allegory Jumping]

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The Republic And The Allegory Of The Cave

- The Republic and The Allegory of the Cave In the Allegory of the Cave there are prisoners are chained up together in which they are all facing the back wall. There is a firing behind the prisoners and the only thing that they can see are the shadows of the people behind them. The fire casts shadows on the wall so this is the only thing that they see. Their entire lives have been based on these shadows on the wall. These prisoners have been chained up since birth, so what they see on the walls is all they know....   [tags: Platonism, Epistemology, Theory of Forms]

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Analysis Of Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- Assignment Using a Source for "Allegory of the Cave" by Plato INTRODUCTION In the story of "Allegory of the Cave", Plato illustrates his concerning on humanity and education. By the meaning of "Allegory of the Cave", we understand the effect of education on us. Most of the people ignore the importance of teaching, and they seek to learn the knowledge of the book or other materials. Therefore, they don 't care the truth or ignore it, which leads the truth far from us. "Indeed, the very principle that education ought to be more concerned with drawing out various human potentials than with only depositing information into students owes its origin to Plato" (Burch 7)....   [tags: Education, Truth, Ideology, Psychology]

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The Allegory Of The Cave And The Apology

- "The Allegory of the Cave" and "The Apology" by Plato explore the methods in which people for themselves, usually through the cultivation of the soul. "The Allegory of the Cave" employs an allegory to highlight the importance of the soul, while "The Apology" focuses on Plato 's beloved mentor, Socrates, and his views on tur value of the soul. Both allegory and dialogue seek to stress the importance of the truth to caring for one 's self. The pursuit of the truth and the care of the self are intricately intertwined; one cannot do without the other....   [tags: Soul, Socrates, Plato, Life]

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Analysis Of ' Allegory Of The Cave '

- Long ago, caves were the only shelter available to man. There was no choice but to live in them. They provided warmth and protection. Living in a cave in today’s society would be torturous. Depression plays a role in society today, and people live with it non-stop. Depression is isolating and leaves one in the darkness. Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” helps show how a person is captured by depression, living inside their own mind just like the cave, and how to see the light of escaping depression is like the sun....   [tags: Sun, Light, Caves, Great Depression]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- The Philosopher Plato was alive during the period of 400 BCE. One of his most famous excerpts cited in philosophy is Plato’s allegory of the cave. Plato believed that innate ideas came from the world of form. He was a rationalist and he held a very strict notion of knowledge. Plato’s allegory of the cave is a theory concerning human perception and is very significant to philosophy. To briefly summarize the allegory the people who grew up in the cave all their life had been retrained from seeing anything that wasn’t in frontal viewing....   [tags: Platonism, Epistemology, Mind, Meaning of life]

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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- Stuck in Another World To start, what would your life be like if you were stuck in a world where you couldn’t see the end. This reminds me of being in a cave and not being able to find a way out to the other side. In the Allegory of the Cave by Plato: the prisoners are chained in a cave so that all they can see the shadows on the back wall. They have been held captive since childhood and were unable to move except what was in front of them. He was able to state how the prisoners were comfortable and felt safe while in the cave compared to the real world....   [tags: Truth, Reality, René Descartes, Ontology]

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Analysis Of ' Allegory Of The Cave ' By Plato

- What is reality. What education means to it. There are lots of question for the education in today’s life. One of the story, “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato is the best way to express the ideas of the education in real. Students as well as elders believe that the education is the only way to stand in the society. That is false. Just the education is not helpful to a student in daily life because the studies or subjects they will study will not prepare them for a challenging life, they will also need general knowledge....   [tags: Education, Student, Reality, Psychology]

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A View into the Allegory of the Cave

- In the time of the Greek Empire, when they defined themselves as the world power, the creation and development of sciences both physical and social were in a revolution. One notable science that saw strides of development were the sciences of philosophy, a system of logic, debate and desire for wisdom. The most noted and heard of these men was the formidable Aristotle, but the importance here is in a student, Plato. Plato was an idealistic philosopher, who saw beyond physical constraints of life into his higher beliefs of formless ideas being a truth of life and reality....   [tags: Plato's Philosophies, Greek Empire]

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Reality of the Shadows: The Allegory of the Cave

- Philosophers are often tempted to find out the hidden meanings behind the apparent reality. A lot of valuable contributions to that particular philosophical topic were made by Plato. Much of contemporary philosophy is still being based upon what he had left behind. Also, many other themes developed by philosophers can be related to Plato`s vision of reality and form. William Goulding in his essay, ‘Thinking as a Hobby’ assigns three grades to thinkers based on their understanding of the world and their perceptions of truth....   [tags: philosophy, Plato, Goulding]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato defines wisdom as the constant pursuit of knowledge in his dialogue The Republic Plato illustrates his idea of forms through an analogy, the allegory of the cave. In this dialogue, Plato exemplifies wisdom and inadvertently creates an analogy that is applicable to modern day Christianity. In Plato 's allegory, there are many examples of individuals who display the characteristics of one he would presume wise. In his allegory, there are two groups of people; those who are in the cave and those who are outside the cave....   [tags: Plato, Virtue, Wisdom, Christianity]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- The classic work, “Plato, The Allegory of the Cave” vividly represents an individual’s will to master enlightenment or failure thereof. Furthermore, the piece attempts to facilitate learning in hopes to encourage or expand deep-thinking among its society. Additionally, the work utilizes a cave, chains, shadows, and an escapee which symbolically represents an individual’s need to confront comfort level, enslavement, perception, and freedom. From this translation, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave demonstrates a notable interest and most importantly provides a detailed illustration of how one can achieve knowledge or miscarry it altogether....   [tags: Perception, Sense, Mind, Knowledge]

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Socrates And The Allegory Of The Cave

- The philosopher Plato in his seminal work The Republic argues using Socrates as his vehicle in the allegory of the cave that knowledge and truth lead to freedom. Glaucon and Socrates enter into a discussion of a group of prisoners who can only see what is right in front of their faces. They are chained in a cave unable to move. Behind them in there is a fire and a group of puppeteers, their keeps, who use props: vessels, statues, puppets, and other objects to cast shadows on the wall in front of the prisoners....   [tags: Plato, Knowledge, Truth, Epistemology]

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The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

- In The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, a controversial issue has been whether “pouring in of knowledge” is not education or whether it is education. On one hand, some argue that education is the process of receiving or giving logical instruction. From this perception, education is all about learning and teaching from one generation to another. On the other hand, however, others argue that education is not all about “pouring in of knowledge.” In the words of Plato, “education isn’t what some people declare it to be, naming, putting knowledge into souls that lack it, like putting sight into blind eyes (5)....   [tags: Education, Teacher, Learning, Plato]

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Comparing The Matrix And The Allegory Of The Cave

- In comparing the Matrix and The Allegory of the Cave I found that both suggest a life of falsehood which is then changed by the knowledge of a truer reality. In both scenarios you’re described a reality that is deemed normal and remains unquestioned, an existence that if no other options were presented would be continued and accepted till death. In the Matrix everyone is moving about in “life” in the same way we now know our reality to exist, such as interaction with other living organisms, going to work, recreational activities, as well as emotions such as love, anger, hurt and happiness....   [tags: Mind, Perception, Thought, Ontology]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- Plato’s allegory of the cave is an attempt to depict the idea that position of the man in the universe that he exists in is fatal. In a dialog Sokrates is trying to convince Glaucon to his point of view on the physical and mythical world. Generally speaking the thought is that all we see, the world we exist in is just an illusion, just a shade of what is really true. Plato believed that to achieve full awareness of true reality man has to free himself from earthbound matters and joys. This antic writing has inspired many generations of philosophers and is still considered as precious source of knowledge....   [tags: Plato, Mind, Thought, David Foster Wallace]

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The Ring Of Gyges And The Allegory Of The Cave

- Justice and knowledge are not easily explained; however, Plato, uses thought experiments to capture vivid images of what the two words actually mean. The Ring of Gyges and the Allegory of the Cave both enlighten the hazy ideas of the true meaning behind knowledge and justice. These readings stretch made me stretch my brain and think about things that have never crossed my mind before. Plato is a wonderful philosopher that explains things vividly so that his readers can fully understand the meaning and his view....   [tags: Plato, Philosophy, Ring of Gyges, The Prisoner]

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Plato 's The Allegory Of The Cave

- Likewise, Plato’s philosopher king also uses the same concept but calls it “Justice” or “Good.” Similarly, to Machiavelli, who needs his Prince to have virtù to lead the people, Plato necessitates that his king use philosophical knowledge and emphasize justice to guide the unenlightened masses towards a just and stable society as well. When Socrates discusses the allegory of the cave, he remarks how when rulers must descend “to the general underground abode” where the masses “reside,” the ruler “will see a thousand times better than [the inhabitants of the cave]…because [the ruler has] seen the truth about things admirable and just and good” (Plato 520c)....   [tags: Philosophy, Plato, Political philosophy]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

- In life the more we understand a certain topic the better prepared we will be to handle it when it comes our way. It doesn’t matter if it is Math or Philosophy the knowledge we acquire through education about subjects will be used to our advantage. Knowing and understanding philosophy is because it gives us an upper hand when it comes to life. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave he depicts a world in which people who lack knowledge are trapped inside a cave where all they know is what they can see through the shadows that creep into the caves....   [tags: Logic, Argument, Philosophy, Plato]

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Plato 's Allegory Of The Cave

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Plato's Allegory of the Cave

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The Allegory of the Cave in the Movie The Matrix

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