TOK ASSIGNMENT Essay

Submitted By clarecullinan
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The difference between a “truthful account” and “Truth” is that a truthful account is someone's perception of events as they see them. Truth is an absolute imperative untouched by human viewpoint. Perception is not reality; there will always be a natural judgement or bias to someone’s account of something. A person may tell what they believe to be the truth from their personal account but it is only a small part of the story. There are so many other factors that are impossible to gather together to obtain the pure truth. Human’s natural rational way of thinking and morals make it impossible to gain Truth. This idea is supported by Pluto in many claims and allegories he makes.
Plato believed that truth resides on the Sun; unattainable by man. This “Sun” is symbolic for the non­material world of ideals or forms. “Plato makes it clear that the rational part of the soul enables man to attain truth” (Pedro Blas González). In Plato’s famous allegory of the cave, the darkness/ shadiness of the cave is analogous of ignorance and the light is analogous with truth. In other words, the shadow and fire in the beginning of the story is the world of becoming and the outside world and the sun is the world of being.
While Pluto did not believe that man can reveal pure Truth, he did hold math to a very high degree as the form of the transcendent Truth. He believed branches of mathematics such as geometry are not judged by reason but by actual truth. Plato stated that these…