Republic Essay - Robert England HON 111 Week 8 One of the...

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Robert England HON 111 – Week 8 One of the most famous sections of Plato’s dialogue The Republic is the story of the prisoners in the cave. According to the parable, a number of people were bound inside a cave and could only see shadows of real objects. When one person was unbound and taken outside, he/she could finally see real objects as what they really were, not just as shadows. Socrates, the speaker in The Republic , equated the prisoner coming from the cave with a philosophy student – the student now knows what the world is truly like and is able to tell others about new discoveries. However, I am not entirely convinced that the parable makes sense. I see Socrates’ point, but I think that things are much more complicated than he says, especially about what can be considered to be real. A major problem with the parable is the fact that what is real is relative to the person. When the prisoner actually observes the real world, it takes another person to convince the prisoner that life here is real and life in the cave was not. However, what if that second person is wrong? The new people may themselves be prisoners and may be
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HON 111 taught by Professor Palmer during the Fall '07 term at University of Maine Orono .

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