Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave - The man that would be king While Plato had...

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The man that would be king While Plato had many accomplishments to his name, such as founding the Academy in Athens and teaching Aristotle; this famous Athenian is most known for his philosophical works. His philosophical style was to use dialogue and allegories. Some of the most famous are his The Cave and The Divided Line . While these allegories are about the different levels of understanding a person can posses they each show a different approach to the subject. While The Divided Line outlines the stages a person can progress through to enlightenment, The Cave illustrates the responsibility of those who have become enlightened and the difficulty in returning to an earlier stage. The Divided Line, which is merely a linear expression of the various stages of enlightenment, is divided into two sections: the sensible world, and the intelligible world. These are further divided into “shadows and reflections” as well as “physical objects” for the sensible world, as well as “physical objects” and “mathematics and hypotheses”. These represent the progression of man’s reasoning ability from the infantile “shadows and reflections,” which stands for a person’s imagination, to the “physical objects” in the “sensible world.” These are the physical objects one can perceive with the five senses. As one progresses along the line they begin to formulate unverified assumptions of the nature of the physical world these assumptions are only further enhanced to their peak by the “mathematics and hypotheses” where one sees the emergence of abstract thought and conceptualization on not just the physical word but also that which creates it. This path is followed in the allegory of The Cave.
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENGL 1002 taught by Professor Anderson during the Spring '05 term at LSU.

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