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Document 5- - Kusen 1 Adam Kusen The Allegory of the Cave In Book VII of The Republic Socrates explains the allegory of the cave and what it means

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Kusen 1 Adam Kusen The Allegory of the Cave In Book VII of The Republic, Socrates explains the allegory of the cave and what it means in relation to the good. He goes on to use this allegory as a means for the basis that philosophers cannot become kings. He also uses it to show the representation of “the good” and how it relates to philosophers and ones knowledge of the truths. Ultimately, Socrates uses the allegory of the cave as a means to help decipher how one’s level of knowledge depends on the resources and environment a person, or society, is placed in. The allegory of the cave begins with a group of people living in a pitch black cave with a fire as the only source of light and statues as the only real known images. The fire reflects off the statues and displays images on the cave walls for the people to see. The images portrayed on the cave walls are the only sense of realness the people in the cave know to be true. Their entire reality is based upon the reflected images and they have no other resources to base their knowledge upon, making it difficult to accept any other form of the truth presented. As the story progresses one of the members of the cave community is taken as
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course PHI 100 taught by Professor Dormer during the Summer '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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Document 5- - Kusen 1 Adam Kusen The Allegory of the Cave In Book VII of The Republic Socrates explains the allegory of the cave and what it means

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