Analysis Of Plato 's ' Allegory Of The Cave ' Essay

1649 Words Oct 18th, 2016 7 Pages
It is human nature to question, to form opinions based on the individual findings after questioning, and ensure truth in those findings. This is how the human race has survived throughout generations; by questioning, learning, testing, and teaching true methods of survival. But, as humans are, we can falter in our understanding of the world, or even clash in our understandings with each other. What is being described is a difference in opinions between two rational people, it happens all the time, so much so that actual knowledge of the world can become deeply hidden. Hidden to the point where one might form the pessimistic view that there is no true knowledge to be gained from the world, only unsatisfactory opinions of the individual interactions of differing people with which no true conclusions about our world can be reached. There is no light at the end of the tunnel that is described above, but there is a light at the opening of a cave described by ancient philosopher Socrates. Through Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave’ metaphor and the dialogues between Meno and Socrates emerges Socrates’ viewpoints that humans are capable of obtaining knowledge by stepping outside the opinion of others, and by finding correct opinions to question. These are his arguments against the existence of an exclusively opinionated world in which knowledge couldn’t exist.
Socrates’ most apparent belief in knowledge outside of opinion comes from the image of light in Plato’s ‘Allegory of the Cave.’…

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