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Eventually a prisoner is released and the allegory details his progression out of the cave and into higher states of knowledge.
It’s abundantly clear that the prisoners shackled in the cave represent humans at beginning stages of cognitive knowledge. Plato urges the reader to consider the prisoners’ predicament in terms of knowledge, ‘Now consider what would happen if their release from the chains and the healing of their unwisdom should come about in this way.’ As the prisoner is released from the shackles and realizes that the fire and statues have caused the shadows, he has then metaphorically passed from the imagining stage of reason to the belief stage, as evidenced in N. Jordan’s chart. However the prisoner is still unaware of the world outside the cave and as he exits the cave he gradually becomes privy to a higher stage of cognitive development, “At first it would be easiest to make out shadows, then the images of men and things reflected in water, and later on the things themselves. After that, it would be easier to watch the heavenly bodies and the sky itself” As the prisoner exits the cave, man is correspondingly shown to have entered the thinking stage of cognitive development, where mathematical concepts are implemented through reason to construct and understand the world. The prisoner then enter the final stage of cognitive development where they witness the actual objects that witness the cave from the outside, the actual objects that cause the reflections in the water, and ultimately the sun itself, “And now he would begin to draw the conclusion that it is the sun that produces the seasons and the course of the year and controls everything in the visible world.” This final stage is the Form of the Good, this seems to correspond to Plato’s concept of the idealized forms and Socrates concept that the unexamined life is not worth living, to conclude that the
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In other words, he is saying that it is bewildering to receive new knowledge that changes one’s outlook on life, but it is also bewildering to try to live as you did in your old life while trying to ignore the newly gained knowledge. I feel this is a quote that applies to my life.
Plato mainly wrote Socratic dialogues that have been used to understand his views on the mind, self and society. According to him, it is important for a man to have a stable thought process. He laid down theories like the Allegory of the Cave in order to depict the kind of limited knowledge that a man might have about the world around him and talked about society on the same lines.
Philosophers around the world are highly esteemed due to the amount of knowledge they possess. In their knowledge and wisdom, they also depict themselves as knowing and nobody can dispute that. However, Socrates claim of not knowing when he is perceived to know is a puzzle that he only can explain.
Plato illustrates this theory through the allegorical story of the cave. He distinguishes between the prisoners, all of whom are kept in a cave, who believe that sensory knowledge is the truth and the prisoners who can actually see the truth. This paper will explore how I personally perceive the concepts of reality discussed in Plato’s theory.
For the prisoner of Plato’s cave, the practicality and reality are confined in the shadows that are produced on the wall. So the shadowy reality itself and the way of living shaped by this reality are more practical and
Plato perceives this aspect as what occurs when an individual is educated to the degree of a philosopher. Plato argues that, they must “go back to the cave” or go on with the daily life characterized by greed and power competition. This essay seeks to give an
An individual was freed to be on his own, which was a powerful opportunity, however, maybe a little bit much powerful. An attempt to return to where s/he belonged, however, nobody understood or even trusted him (Hanly, 2007).
In my own opinion, I believe this allegory
The author states that in his work Plato took the example of three prisoners sited in a dark cave. This cave has an outlet and right at the outlet is a burning fire that reflects light inside the caves wall. People pass outside the cave carrying things on their head casting shadows that fall on the illuminated part of the caves wall.
such situations tend to feel imprisoned in their own “caves” and this may lead to low self esteem to the victims caught up in such life situations. In this paper, I will discuss in details of the life experiences of living under the caves with the help of the help of the
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