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THE ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE. SOCRATES: Next, said I [= Socrates], compare our nature in respect of education and its lack to such an experience as this. Plato: The Allegory of the Cave, P. Shorey trans. from Plato: Collected Dialogues, ed. Hamilton & Cairns. Random House, BOOK VII. Next, said I, compare. Plato: The Allegory of the Cave, from The Republic. The son of a wealthy and noble family, Plato ( B.C.) was preparing for a career in politics when the .

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PLATO'S ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE. (FROM PLATO'S "REPUBLIC", BOOK VII, a-c to a-e). [ Note: interpolated comments in green ]. And now, I said. “The Allegory of the Cave”. Here's a little story from Plato's most famous book, The Republic. Socrates is talking to a young follower of his named Glaucon, and is. The allegory of the cave is supposed to explain this. In the allegory, Plato likens people untutored in the Theory of Forms to prisoners chained in a cave, unable.

On the wall, many other people move with different things on their hands and their shadows fall in the cave world.


The people inside the cave cannot raise their head completely so that they can only see the shadows like illusion, which they believe, as real but it is just their illusion. In the outer world, there is light and everything is clearly visible. If one of the chained people is released from the cave world, and if he is taken to the outer world he cannot see anything at first because his eyes dazzle in the light. But if he stays in the outer world, slowly and gradually he begins to identify everything and he becomes to realize that the outer world is the real world and the cave world is the unreal world.

He becomes gratified with himself and remembers the other people in the cave.

He gives pity and sympathy over the cave people who are lost in darkness. He thinks that it is better to be the slave in the outer world rather than being the king inside the cave. If he attempts to persuade the people inside the cave saying that the outer world is the real world, and the cave world is unreal, his ignorant friends kill him.

The allegory of the cave has also allegorical meaning because so many symbolic suggestions are used in this writings. The dark cave symbolically suggests the contemporary world of ignorance and the chained people symbolize ignorant people in this ignorant world. The raised wall symbolizes the limitation of our thinking and the shadow symbolically suggest the world of sensory perception which Plato considers an illusion.

In his opinion, the appearance is false and reality is somewhere, which we cannot see. Plato as an ideal philosopher says that the appearing world is just the imitation or photocopy of the real world.

The shadows represent such photocopy and, the reality is possible to know with the spiritual knowledge. The chains symbolize our limitation in this material world so that we cannot know the reality to know reality; we have to break the material world. The outer world of the light symbolically suggests the world of spiritual reality, which we achieve by breaking the chains that are used to tie us.

The dazzling of our eyes for the first time symbolizes difficulty of denies the material world. Far more, he said.

And if there were honours and praises among Then suppose he were compelled to look to- them and prizes for the one who saw the passing wards the real light, it would hurt his eyes, and he things most sharply and remembered best which of would escape by turning them away to the things them used to come before and which after and which which he was able to look at, and these he would together, and from these was best able to prophesy believe to he clearer than what was being shown to accordingly what was going to comedo you be- him.

Suppose, now, said I, that someone should Would he not feel as Homer says,2 and heartily desire drag him thence by force, up the rough ascent, the rather to be serf of some landless man on earth and to steep way up, and never stop until he could drag him endure anything in the world, rather than to opine as out into the light of the sun, would he not be dis- they did and to live in that way?

They would say tree when it was only the shadow of the model of a tree. Then only would he con- a good long time to get used to thingswouldnt gratulate the one soul upon its happy experience and they all laugh at him and say he had spoiled his eye- way of life, and pity the other; but if he must laugh, sight by going up there, and it was not worthwhile so his laugh would be a less downright laugh than his much as to try to go up?

And would they not kill laughter at the soul which came out of the light anyone who tried to release them and take them up, if above. That is fairly put, said he.

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That they would! Then if this be true, I said, our belief about Then we must apply this image, my dear Glau- these matters must be this, that the nature of educa- con, said I, to all we have been saying.

The world tion is not really such as some of its professors say it of our sight is like the habitation in prison, the fire- is; as you know, they say that if there is not under- light there to the sunlight here, the ascent and the standing in the soul, but they put it in, as if they were view of the upper world is the rising of the soul into putting sight into the blind. At least, what power is already in the soul of each, and is the in- appears to me is, that in the world of the known, last strument by which each learns; thus if the eye could of all, is the idea of the good, and with what toil to be not see without being turned with the whole body seen!

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And seen, this must be inferred to be the cause from the dark toward the light, so this instrument of all right and beautiful things for all, which gives must be turned round with the whole soul away from birth to light and the king of light in the world of the world of becoming until it is able to endure the sight, and, in the world of mind, herself the queen sight of being and the most brilliant light of being: produces truth and reason; and she must be seen by and this we say is good, dont we?

I believe as you do, he said, in so far as I am Then this instrument, said I, must have its able. Quite so, he said. So it seems, he said.

Well then, said I, do you think it surprising if Now most of the virtues which are said to be- one leaving divine contemplations and passing to the long to the soul are really something near to those of evils of men is awkward and appears to be a great the body; for in fact they are not already there, but fool, while he is still blinkingnot yet accustomed they are put later into it by habits and practices; but to the darkness around him, but compelled to strug- the virtue of understanding everything really belongs gle in law courts and elsewhere about shadows of to something certainly more divine, as it seems, for it justice, or the images which make the shadows, and never loses its power, but becomes useful and helpful to quarrel about notions of justice in those who have or, again, useless and harmful, but the direction in never seen justice itself?

Have you not noticed men who Not surprising at all, said he. Its ferent causes, both in passing from light to darkness sight is clear enough, but it is compelled to be the Plato, The Allegory of the Cave from The Republic servant of vice, so the clearer it sees the more evil it use them itself to the full for binding the city does.

Certainly, said he. True, said he, I did forget. Yet if this part of such a nature, said I, had Notice then, Glaucon, I said, we shall not been hammered at from childhood, and all those wrong the philosophers who grow up among us, but leaden weights of the world of becoming3 knocked we shall treat them fairly when we compel them to offthe weights, I mean, which grow into his soul add to their duties the care and guardianship of the from gorging and gluttony and such pleasures, and other people.

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We shall tell them that those who grow twist the souls eye downwardsif, I say, it had up philosophers in other cities have reason in taking shaken these off and been turned round towards what no part in public labours there; for they grow up there is real and true, that same instrument of those same of themselves, though none of the city governments men would have seen those higher things most wants them: a wild growth has its rights, it owes clearly, just as now it sees those towards which it is nurture to no one, and need not trouble to pay anyone turned.

But you we have engendered, like king Quite likely, said he. Down you could never properly supervise a city, nor can those must go then, in turn, to the habitation of the others, who are allowed to spend all their lives in education and accustom yourselves to their darkness; for when right to the end? The first have no single object in you have grown accustomed you will see a thousand life, which they must always aim at in doing every- times better than those who live there, and you will thing they do, public or private; the second will never know what the images are and what they are images do anything if they can help it, believing they have of, because you have seen the realities behind just already found mansions abroad in the Islands of the and beautiful and good things.

And so our city will Blest.

But the truth is more or less that we said was the greatest, both to see the good, and to the city where those who rule are least eager to be ascend that ascent; and when they have ascended and rulers is of necessity best managed and has least properly seen , we must never allow them what is faction in it, while the city which gets rulers who allowed now. The Return The prisoner returns to the cave, to inform the other prisoners of his findings.

They do not believe him and threaten to kill him if he tries to set them free. In essays and exams, whoever is marking it expects you to have a deeper understanding of the meaning of the theory.

You can then use these to think about criticisms and then to form your own opinion.

The Shadows The Shadows represent the perceptions of those who believe empirical evidence ensures knowledge. If you believe that what you see should be taken as truth, then you are merely seeing a shadow of the truth. Plato is demonstrating that this master does not actually know any truth, and suggesting that it is ridiculous to admire someone like this.

The Escape The escaped prisoner represents the Philosopher, who seeks knowledge outside of the cave and outside of the senses.Meiklejohn, Pennsylvania: Blackwell Publishing, , There are various negative impacts fostered by improper reasoning and acting in Tanzania. His books are usually categorized as adventure or science fiction and aim at an audience of young adults with The Maze Runner series probably being the most well-known.

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The goodness of other things depends upon their likeness or unlikeness, whether they are good or poor imitations of the Forms. Warner Bros. When people walk along the walkway, you can see shadows of the objects they are carrying cast on to the wall.

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