Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is a great piece of writing that serves as something very obvious; a dramatic comparison of what is reality and what we perceive to be reality. Although this is the case, some components of “Allegory of the Cave” cannot be identified as easy as the extended metaphor presented throughout the reading. One component that needs extra analyzing to identify is the allegory of the story, or its philosophical messages. Another component not easily identified is the frictional metaphor that is presented by the prisoners. Misapprehensions of reality and how they prove to contribute to presuming a qualified leader’s responsibilities are disclosed as the story gets analyzed more critically. Two principles, being leadership and government, can be tested by the way one comprehends how crucial reality plays a role in our presence. Plato’s theory of form states that in order for one to have powerful knowledge, one must first acquire the knowledge of the “ideas”. A fictional conversation between between Plato’s brother Glaucon and Socrates opens the “Allegory of the Cave”. The “Allegory of the Cave” shows numerous instances where symbolism is used in a strategic way. In fact, the entire allegory could viewed as taking place in a sequence of several phases. First, the prisoner becomes captive to the cave. Next, they are freed from the chains that restrain them. Continuing, the next phase is the actual venturing into the real world. Finally, the allegory is completed when the prisoner returns to the cave. The cave represents the extent of obliviousness that the chained prisoners posses. The cave also symbolizes the prisoners that believe that what is apparent in their surrounding is reality and the only way to obtain knowledge. For example, the shadows the fire gives off can be used to testify those who believe that reality and knowledge is portrayed in your surroundings for you to see and hear. The prisoners have no choice but to believe that the images portrayed on the wall are true because they have become deceived of reality. Furthermore, another example of symbolism is the prisoner who escapes the disillusion of the cave and ventures out to acknowledge the true reality of the world by representing the philosopher that was looking for knowledge from outside-sources. The fear and doubt of believing different philosophical acknowledgements resembles the return of the prisoner to the cave. A relationship was established between Plato and Socrates to portray the image of the chained prisoners that were mandated to stare at a wall full of shadows and illusions. These Shadows were casted by the terrifying fire sitting behind them. The obliviousness of the prisoners is represented by the shadows as well because they are as close to reality as the prisoners were gonna experience. Plato then applies the analogy and relates this event to the people that are held captive and cannot view reality beyond deceptions. “The way out of the Cave is the process of true understanding, of philosophical wakening, which delineates the distinction between educated and the uneducated” (Ursic and Louth 86), clearly demonstrates that Plato argues that reality depends on how we perceive our ideas. In addition, the prisoners also portray multiple meanings like the cave does. Socrates explains that the prisoners do not know what reality really is. In support, the prisoners are restrained and cannot observe what's behind them at any time. Socrates also states “the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images. That is certain” (Plato 868). The only perception of reality the prisoners receive is the one illustrated by the guards by using puppets. Because of this, the prisoners won't ever be able to understand the true reality. Needless to say they are helpless to the captivity that restrains them. Socrates says “will he not fancy the shadows which he formerly saw are truer than the objects which are now shown to
research the history of a few new tendencies in contemporary philosophy. Then I will discuss the Tom Rockmore interpretation of such tendencies. Tom Rockmore is Professor of Philosophy and a McAnulty College Distinguished Professor, Dr. Rockmore's current research interests encompass all of modern philosophy, with special emphasis on selected problems as well as figures in German idealism (Kant, Fichte, Hegel, Marx) and recent continental philosophy (Heidegger, Habermas, Lukacs). He is continuing to explore…
“What is important about any philosophy is not what is explains, but what it assumes”. Discuss this question critically and provide examples of assumptions which underpin Machiavellian & Platonic philosophies.
In this paper I will discuss the assumptions which underpin Machiavellian & Platonic philosophies in reference to The Republic and The Prince. My position is that both Machiavallian and Plantonic philosophies make assumptions in exemplifying their notions. Machiavelli’s…
What is Philosophy?
Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence especially when considered as an academic discipline. Philosophy is also a set of views and theories of a particular philosopher concerning such study or an aspect of it. Philosophy comes from the Greek word ‘philosophia’ which means ‘our love of wisdom. We use philosophy in our everyday lives from such simple questions like ‘is it going to rain today?’ ‘What am I going to wear today?’ and…
28 October 2014
Plato was a great philosopher and mathematician and a very influential figure in philosophy, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” relates to the matrix in many ways it seems as to me the writer of the matrix had a strong philosophical background and based the movie the Matrix off of ancient influential philosophers and philosophies and the truth behind reality. The character which best portrays and represents the prisoner who escapes the cave and comes…
as why are we here? Where did we come from? Where will we go? And so on and so forth. This has truly been a debate for the ages in philosophy, one that has stimulated thinkers, philosophers, theologists and scientists for thousands of years, hence led emergence of idealism and realism as two major traditional philosophical schools of thought in the realm of philosophy. So this paper projects the meaning of idealism and meaning of realism then discusses in detail the basic assumptions of idealism and…
5 definitions of philosophy
1) Search for self-understanding
2) Love and pursuit of wisdom
3) Asking of questions about the meaning of our basic concepts
4) Search for fundamental beliefs that are rationally justified
5) Philosophy explores the meaning of reality and illusion, and faith and reason
Main branches of philosophy
Metaphysics- questions reality and what is there. The branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing…
What Is Your Philosophy?
November 19, 2012
C. Wayne Mayhill
Student Jeremy D. Adams
Philosophy is the general study of fundamental and social problems. Upon taking the What is Philosophy? Performance Aid this author discovered that he is a moral type of philosopher. There are many different types of philosophical outlooks; these include epistemology, moral, metaphysics, social, political, structuralism, deconstruction, eastern, postcolonial, feminism.
Thomas Jefferson developed the U.S. Capital, as well as the University of VA
Nationalism in Education:
• The spirit of Nationalism helped shape the kind of education needed.
• New liberal ideas stated that individuals had natural rights and that government was an agreement between the people and their ruler. Established the motto, "We the people", not kings or monarchs.
The Age of Enlightenment sought to draw on knowledge and reason to improve the human condition, and their institutions…
“PHILOSOPHY AND LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT”
December 9, 2007
Wow, we’re finally at the end of our exploration into the world of philosophy. It been quite a long road for me but I made it through it all. Exploring this world that I had little knowledge of has broadened my horizon in the subject of philosophy. As we began we asked our selves “What is Philosophy? Philosophy is knowledge which is desirable in itself of those truths which can…
A higher consciousness…
By Anita Mejias
Wisdom of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism & Confucianism is that the experience of everything in the world and life is connected and leads to a oneness of self. It doesn’t question is there a God, or is there a reality, everything is connected. The earth, the skies, the universe, other people, animals and elements are connected.
Buddha “I will teach you the Truth and the Path leading to the…