Tuesday, September 1, 2009
allegory of the cave katie mccue
Platos “Allegory of the Cave” was a bit difficult to get through due to the sometimes confusing references and language he incorporated throughout his writing. The excerpt is a piece by the philosopher Plato and revolves around his teacher, Socrates, and a man named Glaucon. This reading is an interesting reference to a human beings desire to learn and keep building on that knowledge. Along with this, Plato divulges how he, as a philosopher, see’s things differently then the rest of society. The allusion Plato paints to his viewer involving people chained to a cave, only seeing their “reality” through shadows on a wall is simple, but adds a sense of complexity in that the shadows are an illusion that people struggle to see past in order to attain a sense of the real world.