Allegory Of The Cave By Plato

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At various times in our lives, every person has asked themselves a varied version of the same questions: What is “reality”, moreover what determines our perception of reality, and what am I supposed to do with (or about) it? Throughout “Allegory of the Cave,” Plato attempts to answer these questions. Plato suggests that humans have a constrained view of the world, and that reality consist of two different perceptions, a "bodily eye” and a “mind’s eye.” The “mind’s eye”, the hypothetical site of visual recollection or imagination, involves a higher level of thinking. This eye emerges after the prisoners have been released from their chains and begin exploring the outside world. The “bodily eye,” a metaphor for the senses, relies on sensory images about the world in order to form conceptions of reality. This is the only eye present inside the cave where the prisoners’ confined.

“Thus they stay in the same place so that there is only one thing to look that; whatever they encounter in front of their faces. But because they are shackled, they are unable to turn their heads around”. (Plato)

One of Socrates’ theories was that of forms, which explains that the universe consists of views of perfect and ideal forms. The physical world, the one we can see, smell, hear and touch, is just partially viewable images of these forms. In fact, Socrates proclaims that depending on your physical senses alone, for instance –only trusting what can be seen- would be blinding yourself…

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