Phillips_L_w6_Reflection

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Reflection 1 Reflection PHIL-1001-4 Introduction to Philosophy Professor: Murray Skees Walden University Lisa Phillips February 25 th , 2010
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Reflection 2 This week we watched the movie “The Matrix” and read the story “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato. The interpretation of reality and knowledge plays a large role in both of these stories. You cannot have true knowledge without having a true reality. In addition, if you had true knowledge would you want to go back to being ignorant? In The Matrix the problem of reality was once you knew the true state of the world, you could never go back to the world you knew. All the images that are in your mind before you knew the real reality of the world is still there after you have opened your eyes. (Wachowski & Wachowski, 1999) This same problem is quoted in “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, “If one then compelled him to look at the fire itself, his eyes would hurt, he would turn round and flee toward those things which he could see, and think that they were in fact clearer than those now shown to him.” (Chaffee, 2009) Plato’s work “The Allegory of the Cave” had few ethical implications. Living in a cave, traveling up to the world, then returning to the cave can make you an outcast or make the trip worthless. As Socrates states “Would it not be said that he had returned from his upward journey
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