Exploration of Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave"
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This paper reviews Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," analyzing Plato's interpretation of what happens when the human soul meets the human body. The paper explains that Plato believes that every individual or soul that exists on Earth has innate knowledge that will serve as all the knowledge he or she will ever need; however, once this soul is coupled with its body, all the knowledge it was originally endowed with is forgotten. The paper adds that Plato makes the assertion that the mind never really acquires new knowledge; it recalls the soul's innate information through introspective thinking, but it distorts the innate knowledge by relying on sensory abilities to learn, or rather, remember the information. The paper concludes that the allegory of the cave simply refers to the idea that humans should not only depend on their sensory abilities to explore and understand the world around them.
From the Paper:" Although our current society naturally differs from the society Plato lived during, there are still tremendous similarities between the age-old allegory and today's world. Taking into account this allegory, the rulers of today's society should not only be intellectuals, but individuals who have a desire to aid others in their search for truth with the intention of strengthening the State. Perhaps people who fall into the categories of (but not limited to) teaching, social work, psychology, philosophy and religion would be virtuous candidates, rather than individuals who enter into politics with intentions to govern. Truthfully, I feel that Plato's allegory is a beautiful idea, but I don't think it would ever succeed. It is, in essence, an ideal, and ideals, in keeping with Plato's teachings, are abstract and intangible. Hence, such a society will never emerge."
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