The Allegory Of The Cave

1086 WordsOct 20, 20145 Pages
Shefali Holder Midterm Assignment Question # 3 Explain the allegorical significance(s) of the cave in Plato’s Republic. How is the cave an allegory of Plato’s philosophy? How is the allegory of the cave an allegory for enlightenment or philosophical education? How and why are most human beings like prisoners in a cave? Who are the puppeteers? What does the world outside the cave represent? What does the sun represent? Etc. What is Plato’s Theory of the Forms? What is a Form? How does the allegory of the cave express Plato’s Theory of the Forms? How is philosophy the art of “turning around” and what does this mean? Is the allegory of the cave relevant to contemporary social and political life? Can the allegory be used to critique contemporary social practices? “Then there would be an art to this very thing,” I said, this turning around, having to do with the way the soul would be most easily and effectively redirected, not an art of implanting sight in it, but how to contrive that for someone who has sight but doesn’t have it, turned the right way or looking at what it needs to.” “That seems likely,” he said. “Then the other virtues said to belong to a soul probably tend to be near the things belonging to the body, since they’re not present in the being of the soul before they’ve been inculcated by habits and practice, but the virtue involving understanding more than all attains to being something more divine, as it seems, which never loses its power but by the virtue

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