8 - Elle VanConia Josh Johnson Philosophy 105 February 8...

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Elle VanConia Josh Johnson Philosophy 105 February 8, 2011 Reading Questions Due 2/8 1. In the Allegory of the Cave, Socrates says that the prisoners are in the habit of conferring honors and glories upon their peers who are skilled at describing the shadows and their progressions. What do you think he means by this? I think Socrates means that there is a system of hierarchy among the prisoners. They are viewed with more honor and glory if they seem to have the ability to identify with the shadow world better than the others. He may also be saying there is a natural instinct in humans to develop leaders in a group. The other prisoners are likely to form their perceptions of the shadows and progressions based off how the more skilled prisoners describe them first. Socrates could also mean that some prisoners were more absorbed in the shadow world than others and could therefore better read the progressions. 2.
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