The Contemporary Views On Metaphysics

1269 WordsMay 4, 20176 Pages
Through the centuries views on metaphysics have been laid as foundations, altered for society or simply changed for the better. As this world continues to grow and modernize, so have our views. The contemporary views on metaphysics are extended upon the more traditional views laid in the ancient or medieval times. Martin Heidegger is a contemporary existentialist, who studied the reason of being. He was an important figure of philosophy in the 20th century. His views are very different from the ancient views of metaphysics. Plato was an ancient philosopher, who believed in the immortality of the soul. His most popular readings are the Allegory of The Cave, which depicts the reality in life. With all of this being said, it is up to the…show more content…
They all differ in times, focus and intention. Their focus varies from internal or external beliefs. Their intention relies on the person itself. This can and will be applied in future studies of metaphysics. One of my favorite ancient philosophers is Plato. I found his Allegory of The Cave to be really interesting. . We have a world that we physically see and one that is completely eternal and can only be percieved within. That is what Plato believed. Individuals are mentally shaped by two distinct realities. One is physical and one is invisible. Plato believed the highest form to believe in, is the invisble. The world that is unchanging and has been here long before we were. The story itself, displays three indivduals who are trapped in a cave and can only see shadows. They formed their own opinions and perspective on life in the cave. Once a prisoner was released, everything changed. All that he thought was true, actually wasnt reality. He informed the other two prisoners and they didn’t believe him. This story is fictional, but displays some cold hard truth. What we percieve through our senses, are no more than an opinion. We must gain real knowledge through philosophical reasoning. Something we can find internally rather than externally. Martin Heidegger was a German philosopher whose studies were in phenomenology and existentialism. His work was considered controversial, due to association with the socialist Nazi group or politics.
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