The Allegory Of The People

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Sometime between 507 and 517 B.C. Plato transcribed a story from Socrates that could describe the ignorance and enlightenment of people and their interactions with change called “the Allegory of the People in the Cave”. Two of the major recurring themes in the story illustrate the epistemological argument as well as the views of rationalism. I will also briefly explore the tangent of Empiricism inspired by the story’s experiences to help understand the cause and effects of ones search for knowledge. In this essay we will summarize the story and explore the philosophical views of those characters in and why in the end they feel the way that they do, “The Allegory of the People in the Cave” text is more than a story but rather an important Segway of understanding logical thinking. Socrates was one day speaking to a colleague where he began to illustrate a scenario for him. He told him to envision a cave deep enough where natural light could not enter. When venturing further into darkness a large area would be revealed by fire light where people who reside deep within the cave would be confined in chains in such a manner that movement of the entire body was restrict except for the ability to face forward toward a flat cave wall. Behind the chained individuals was a roaring fire which was the only source of light in the cave although none of the people could actually see it. From this light source and with the use of puppets and various instruments being placed between the…

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