The Republic: The Allegory Of The Cave By Plato
The Republic written in the 380 BC by the famous philosopher Plato is a Socratic dialogue that talks about key issues in our system including order, justice and character of just city-state and just man. The dialogue setting is thought to be during the Peloponnesian war. Plato’s work, Republic became extremely renowned and was used in both philosophical and political realms. There are ten books in Plato’s work Republic, but The Allegory of the Cave is the most famous being featured in book VII. In this particular book Plato depicts that the knowledge obtained by humans through the senses is no more than opinion. He believes that authentic meaning can be achieved through philosophical thinking. He juxtaposes people …show more content…
Whatever is brought to our sight is what we take as the truth. Plato referred to these kinds of people as Pleb. They tend to do no more thinking and absorb what is before them as the truth (Keates).
Use of the game where they would keep on guessing which shadow would come next is a representation of individuals who think that their empirical knowledge is the truth. The one they call their master is nothing but a fool because what he thinks is the truth is not anything close to the truth.
The escaping of the prisoner shows people who seek knowledge not just by what they see or hear but also through thinking. The sun shows the real meaning of truth and knowledge. His intellectual journey shows an individual when trying to find both truth and knowledge.
His return is representations of what philosophers try to make people see certain aspects of life from a different view. The prisoners refusing to heed to what he is saying shows how individuals are scared of knowing the truth. They do not trust the people who bring them this kind of truth (the philosophers). They even threaten to kill him if he freed them; this shows how most individuals are afraid of knowing the