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  • "The Allegory of the Cave", a Description of the Story and a Different Point of View on It

     

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ID number:428152
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Published: 05.11.1996.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
References: Not used
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"The Allegory of the Cave," like most things in philosophy, can be deciphered in many different ways. It basically says that people are chained to the wall of a cave and they have nothing to look at but shadows on the wall that are provided by another. This is all that they know and have never been out of the cave. That tells nothing on the surface, but once one looks really hard a few messages or meanings can be interpreted from the Allegory.
The main point of the Allegory of the Cave is to give an example of the way that we all live our lives. Except for a chosen few like Christ, Gandhi and maybe even Socrates, no one is really enlighten, or has seen what life is all about. The remainder of the Earth's inhabitants see what we think is reality when actually it is, persay, the 'shadows' of true reality. …

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