What Is Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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PHILOSOPHY ASSESSMENT: PLATO'S ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE PART A: Plato's allegory of the cave is an allegory (a story with a deeper meaning) about first discovering philosophy and its teachings, the allegory starts of as prisoners at birth have been forced to watching shadows puppets projected on walls of a cave from a fire; the prisoner, as Plato says is every person to have existed or to exist at this moment in time. As the prisoners watch the shadows, they're perception of reality are the shadows and they live out their lives as normal until one of the prisoners is released, the light from the fire hurts their eyes, they are exposed to things that they can't understand, slowly they come to terms that the shadows are not reality, it's actually the objects; when the official allegory says "... While his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous ?... " it's where Plato explains that where the prisoner is exposed to the teachings philosophy and where they discover what is reality actually is. The prisoner becomes curious, so they discover more of the world and what reality is, their perception of reality becomes stronger, their curiosity wants the other prisoners to see what they see, as the…show more content…
He also teaches us that without curiosity there is no discovery, which then you would have no knowledge and knowledge is the key to a lot of things; Plato wants us to find deeper meaning in everything and anything, by using an allegory proves his point. The famous quote "seeing is believing" comes to mind, Plato wants us to see more than what is actually
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