The Allegory Of The Cave Essay

1651 Words Oct 5th, 2016 7 Pages
In The Republic by Plato, the world is first introduced to the allegory of the cave. Since then, philosophic thought has been permeated by the idea that one must intentionally acknowledge biases in society and recognize that intelligence is not a natural state. Socrates allegory of the cave proves that a human being’s natural state is one of ignorance, and one must have the capacity for reason, adhere to the Form of Good, and question reality to achieve philosophical thought. Additionally, the allegory of the cave teaches us that even though Socrates believes in the soul, if the world is in fact works similar to the allegory of the cave, souls do not exist. I believe these facts are significant because not only do we see a logical gap when it comes to the idea of the soul, but this proves how challenging Socrates believes it to be to become a philosophic thinker, and how he assumes most people to be doomed to slavery within their own society. As we see in the Socratic method, Socrates assumes most humans to be ignorant of what he considers to be true reality; to Socrates, true reality is void of sensory perceptions. The people chained in the cave are ignorant of the puppet masters casting shadows of reality behind them and simply accept the shadows cast as the truth of the world. Not only are these people ignorant of the images fed to them, but they are ignorant of their own chains. The people accept their chains as a way of life, and never question if this is the way…

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