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…
Almost every reality production today is nonunion (exceptions include the talent show "Star Search" and traditional game shows like "Jeopardy!"). Guild coverage would mean credit for writers, better pay for their services, and health and pension benefits -- and a cut of any possible DVD sales and reruns. The leadership of the WGA calls the "reality jurisdiction" fight of "vital importance."
Why? Simple economics. Reality shows, which began as curiosity, a blip in the summer schedule in the late…
What is Representation of Reality in Cinema?
What is the representation of reality in Cinema? How is it represented? Representation of reality in the films we have viewed thus far, was seen in the form of expressionism, self-reflexivity, and realism. Recognizing the less stringent censorship of European filmmaking, paired with a disquieting whimsical sense-i.e. that personal vison and style of the auteur, life is depicted as it really is in all of its crude and graphicness. We are delivered the…
Reality Television in Today’s Society
March 25, 2013
Reality Television in Today’s Society
It is very easy to get lost in television today as it broadly displays real life characters living out every detail of their lives in front of the camera. Just what is considered “too much” for television in this day in age? Is it parents seeking help from the super nanny with their unruly children, detectives investigating brutal senseless murders on inner city streets…
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,…
The difference between realities and dreams is whether we choose to believe them or not. The decision of believing or not is made by our minds. People make different decisions, which make people possess different definitions of reality. Descartes and Galileo had their different opinions about reality. I believe everyone has a “standard” of reality in his or her mind. The reality that we choose to believe, we should value, not…
“Love Him, Protect Him”
“There is no more truth out there than in the world I created for you”-Ed Harris. In the film “The Truman Show”, Truman Burbank lives in a world, which is what he thinks reality; but however is not. Truman discovers in the film the epistemology of his surroundings, and how it could not be as real as he though it once was.
The producers or shall we say the “fathers” behind the false consumption the show each wore tee shirts…
including a virtual reality helmet, as well as additional differentiated content such as on-demand movies, TV shows and music.
- How it works
The new Xbox system (console and helmet) is a revolutionary product making the gaming experience as realistic as possible. It provides the customer with a unique, customised experience, which makes it very valuable in today’s entertainment industry.
- Why it’s right
“Outside the box is where the future will be created” : virtual reality is finally accessible…
What is reality? How do we know that it is real? How are we suppose to believe everything we see and hear. Many people question or second guess themselfs each day when they think they aren't right about something because of other peoples thoughts,opioions, and just because everyone believes the opposite.What you think might be truer than you think because the world tends to believe what they want to and not the truth. In Plato’s philosophical example of life in the…
What is Reality?
The question that I will be addressing is the nature of reality, specifically theories/arguments involving Metaphysical Realism and Anti-Realism. Taking the anti-realist position on the nature of reality I will support that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, (not consciousness from the material universeidealistic). I will present the anti-realist perspective on reality using the metaphysical assumptions…
I believe there are things that need to be learned year after year, BUT I love seeing student growth and have learning be fun. I imagine that the purpose of school/education is to train the mind to think in a natural, logical way. The environment of education should always be positive. Education is should be developing the students intellectual potential and preparing them for the future. I believe the students should be task oriented, and fully understand the…