Certainty In Plato's The Allegory Of The Cave

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It is human nature to be terrified of the unknown. Plato has conflicting views when regarding the existence of certainty and doubt in society. In Plato's The Allegory of the Cave, the cave may represent this superficial reality, everything that the prisoners have knowledge of has been conceived from mere illusions created by shadows. Because the prisoners had no sort of contact with the outside world they have become certain that the shadows were real. In Plato's Euthyphro, Socrates has been convicted on charges of impiety and wishes to understand the so he can determine if his action is pious or impious. Euthyphro certainty is questioned by Socrates commencing an elaborate argument to demonstrate his yearn to understand what “impiety” and …show more content…
However, Socrates begins to doubt Euthyphro's certitude due to the inconclusiveness of the conversation had prior to the trial.
Having limitless certainty is better than having limited doubt because having lack of conviction contributes to having a fixed mindset, as shown by the blinded prisoners. Since birth the prisoners have had a limited exposure to the real world, all that they have known is this fake reality that has been created by their oppressors. Therefore to the prisoners, “the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images”(Plato 2). The prisoners may not be able to recognize the objects which first cast the shadows because the shadows are merely a projection of reality and do not represent an object in its entirety. The misconceptions of the prisoners demonstrate how seclusion from the outside world may deeply affect the understanding of an individual. The only truth would be the shadows, the prisoners have seen nothing and have no knowledge of anything else. They have grown comfortable with their beliefs and are certain that what they know is fact. The returning prisoners attempts to introduce his newfound discovery which has changed the way that he is perceived by the other prisoners. The prisoners would say that “up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it

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