Allegory of the Cave

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler

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Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. Beyond sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean? Alex Gendler unravels Plato's Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of The Republic.

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The Allegory of the Cave by Plato (Excerpt from The Republic)

Plato's Cave is a timeless lesson. Framed as a conversation between Socrates and Glaucon, Socrates describes the squalid state of a group of prisoners raised from birth in a cave, seeing only shadows on the walls.

One of the prisoners escapes, and after adjusting to the outside world, returns to tell the other prisoners of his experience.

This tale is designed to show how people are conditioned by their surroundings and will reject new information that undermines their world view.

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Cenes from The Matrix that in a way explain Plato's Allegory of the Cave.

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What is Real? (Plato's Allegory of the Cave) - 8-Bit Philosophy

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When it comes to philosophy, Plato is one of the world's best known and most widely studied philosophers. He was the student of Socrates and the teacher of Aristotle. The Allegory of the Cave can be found in Book 7 of Plato's most well-known work The Republic. In the allegory, he compares the effect of education on our nature. It was written over 2000 years ago but there are many aspects of the discussion that are still relevant today.

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Is Reality Real? - Plato's Allegory of the Cave || Theory of Forms Explained

In this episode of Journal of Things (s2 e6), we are going to deconstruct Plato’s Allegory of the Cave or Plato’s Cave.

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Is Reality Real? The Allegory of the Cave was presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work Republic. It is written as a dialogue between Plato’s brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates.

We are going to discuss the nature of our reality through Plato's analogy and deconstruct the Theory of Forms or Ideas.

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Plato's Allegory of the Cave (Explained & How to use it in day to day life)

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Plato - Allegory of the Cave - The Republic - Book VII

Translated by Benjamin Jowett (1817 - 1893).
The Allegory of the Cave—also known as the Analogy of the Cave, Plato's Cave, or the Parable of the Cave—is presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic (514a-520a) to compare ..the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature. It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother Glaucon and his mentor Socrates, narrated by the latter. The Allegory of the Cave is presented after the metaphor of the sun (508b--509c) and the analogy of the divided line (509d--513e). All three are characterized in relation to dialectic at the end of Book VII and VIII (531d--534e).
Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.
Socrates remarks that this allegory can be taken with what was said before, namely the metaphor of the Sun, and the divided line. In particular, he likens
the region revealed through sight—the ordinary objects we see around us—to the prison home, and the light of the fire in it to the power of the Sun. And in applying the going up and the seeing of what's above to the soul's journey to the intelligible place, you not mistake my expectation, since you desire to hear it. A god doubtless knows if it happens to be true. At all events, this is the way the phenomena look to me: in the region of the knowable the last thing to be seen, and that with considerable effort, is the idea of good; but once seen, it must be concluded that this is indeed the cause for all things of all that is right and beautiful—in the visible realm it gives birth to light and its sovereign; in the intelligible realm, itself sovereign, it provided truth and intelligence—and that the man who is going to act prudently in private or in public must see you it (517b--c).
After returning from divine contemplations to human evils, a man
is graceless and looks quite ridiculous when—with his sight still dim and before he has gotten sufficiently accustomed to the surrounding darkness—he is compelled in courtrooms or elsewhere to contend about the shadows of justice or the representations of which they are the shadows, and to dispute about the way these things are understood by men who have never seen justice itself? (517d--e)
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The Allegory of the Cave

This is an explanation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as found in his Republic.

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Plato's Allegory of the Cave from The Republic

The Allegory is related to Plato's Theory of Forms, wherein Plato asserts that Forms (or Ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. Only knowledge of the Forms constitutes real knowledge. In addition, the allegory of the cave is an attempt to explain the philosopher's place in society.

Martin Heidegger on the Allegory of the Cave, Education, and Truth - Philosophy Core Concepts

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This Core Concept video focuses on Martin Heidegger's essay Plato's Doctrine of Truth (found in the book, Pathmarks) and discusses what Heidegger takes the Allegory of the Cave - found in book 7 of Plato's Republic - to be about.

Plato construes the allegory as a teaching about the nature or essence of education (paideia), but Heidegger stresses that the allegory also represents a very important turning point in human conceptions about the essence of truth (aletheia).

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Today Hank gains insight from that most philosophical of figures...Leonardo DiCaprio. In this episode, we’re talking about the process of philosophical discovery and questioning the relationship between appearance and reality by taking a look at Plato’s famous Myth of the Cave. All with a little help from our good pal Leo.


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