Description[ edit ] The Divided Line — AC is generally taken as representing the visible world and CE as representing the intelligible world.
It begins with the assumption that if a group of prisoners had their necks and hands chained down in a cave, they would be unable to see behind themselves. With a fire behind them, they would be more capable of seeing shadows of images as they passed by the fire.
As time passed, the prisoners began to indentify the shadows and issued the different shadows names.
However, if one of the prisoners was to climb out of the mouth of the cave, he would not be able to see anything at first because the light would be so blinding. But as his eyes gradually began to focus to the light, he would begin to see images more clearly.
The light enables the prisoner to see the true image and not just the shadow of the image.
If this prisoner was to go back to the cave, he would find that it would be impossible to conform back to his old world. At first he would not be able to identify shadows because his eyes would not yet be adjusted to the darkness in the cave.
If the returning prisoner were to tell the other prisoners about the light and that their shadows were not real images, they would not believe him and would accuse him of trying to disrupt their way of life. Finally, since the prisoner could no longer fit in, the others would be forced to kill him.
I hope this helps!Few philosophers in ancient and modern history continue to have as much influence as Plato. More than years after Plato's death, his teachings regarding justice and the ideal state continue to inspire discussion and debate. The allegory of the cave is one of the most famous passages in the history of Western philosophy.
It is a short excerpt from the beginning of book seven of Plato’s book, The Republic.
‘ The Allegory of The Cave’ by Plato – The Meaning The Allegory of the cave by Plato should not be taken at face value. In essays and exams, whoever is marking it expects you to have a deeper understanding of the meaning of the theory.
Forms of Love in Plato's Symposium - Love, in classical Greek literature, is commonly considered as a prominent theme. Love, in present days, always appears in the categories of books, movies or music, etc. Interpreted differently by different people, Love turns into a multi-faceted being.
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