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Lydia Mulero Making Moral Decisions Class 9 – Plato’s Allegory of the Cave 1. The scenario is a couple prisoners are trapped inside a cave, and every limb is immobilized so that they are not able to move around, or look in any direction but in front of them. They are forced to watch a “false reality” of shadows on a wall. They take wisdom to be whoever can name the pictures the quickest. Then one of the prisoners is released and goes above ground. He sees what is causing the shadows to occur, and thus learns causality. He realizes that there is a reason for everything; there is cause to all things in life. The light of the sun then blinds him because he has gone from extreme darkness to extreme brightness. The prisoner eventually learns to regard the sun as the provider of life. The freed prisoner does not want to return to the cave to free his companions, but feels compelled to do so. However, he has a hard time seeing in the dark and therefore appears to have been blinded (or made stupid) by the sun and the other prisoners do
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHIL V252 taught by Professor Hoyt during the Spring '08 term at Loyola New Orleans.

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