Analysis Of Plato 's Republic, We Read About The Allegory Of The Cave

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Brooke Green

In Plato’s Republic, we read about the “Allegory of the Cave.” The prisoners in the story are relevant to anyone in today’s society who is unable to question anything they see or hear. Those who embrace anything they are told, as the truth, without the use of fact-finding questions, is an example of the relevance in today’s world. Plato’s cave is an allegory of education; it explains how we see things before we are necessarily educated about them and how one would incorporate our actions after having that knowledge.
In The Republic, Socrates poses two different views on education. “Socrates uses numerous varying and often conflicting ideas and images (among which is the first account of education) to gradually guide his pupils toward a personal realization of knowledge and philosophy.” In this paper, I will address the different views Plato writes about education. The way these views differ will be explained. The “Allegory of the Cave” will be analyzed in detail and it’s relation to education. After having the knowledge and understanding on these topics about education, I will address how this is in relation with education today, including examples. Which view better relates to our education today? Would having the knowledge or wisdom about the world have changed the prisoner’s perception of the shadows projected onto the wall?
In Books V1 and V11, Socrates and Glaucon begin to discuss the account of good, knowledge, and pleasure.

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