During the 399 B.C., Socrates for rejecting the Greek gods and for putting wrong moral ideas in his student 's minds was sentenced to death. But Socrates’ goal wasn 't that, his goal was to encourage his disciples to find any reason by themselves for what is true and real. After Socrates’ death, Plato, who was one of his best students, opened the Academy- school that continued Socrates 's ideas. In this School, Plato wrote The Republic, where he states that each individual’s perspective of reality is changing, and can change more every time. People get more knowledge about the world and their surroundings.
“An unexamined life is a life not worth living” - Socrates. Both ‘The Matrix’ and Plato’s allegory of ‘The Cave’ develops a question of reality and how the world is perceived. This can be closely connected to one of the great Greek philosopher’s sayings where an “unexamined life is a life not worth living”. Socrates states this due to the increasing number of citizens who lived their lives without questioning the world around them. ‘The Matrix’ and Plato’s allegory explore how when the world is properly examined the outcome is a new understanding and perception of life.
Plato, the author of “The Allegory of the Cave”, was a Greek philosopher who used the power of dialogue in order to more effectively communicate his philosophy.  Plato firmly believed in the pursuit of enlightenment of the soul being of upmost importance; therefore, the need for enlightenment of the soul through knowledge supersedes that of learning basic skills. The fire in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave represents myth created by man. According to Plato the fire in “Allegory of the Cave” represents the false truth created by man.
In “The Allegory of the Cave”, Plato concludes that the ultimate definition of “the Good” is the effort to pursue knowledge and the insight which knowledge can provide the blinded mind. In this paper, I will further analyze his definition of “the Good” and my personal views on this definition given by Plato. Through the metaphor of the cave, this definition of “the Good” covers how experiences give knowledge, how knowledge broadens perspective, and how knowledge gives a more moderate perspective which leads to good actions. I believe that through this process knowledge leads people to “the Good” for they must be able to recognize their behaviors before they can accurately judge their actions. I will provide clear examples of each of these points
In both works, the cave prisoners and Neo are portrayed as ignorant but questioning of the world they cannot see but can sense, as represented by the cave and the matrix. In “Allegory of the Cave”, the prisoners have been chained up since birth, and only know of the world inside the cave. The prisoners have always had curiosity about the outside world, but they are content with their inside world. Socrates even claims that “to [the prisoners], the truth would literally be nothing but the shadows of the images” (Plato 29). Socrates is saying that because all the prisoners know is the shadows, that is all they believe.
Experiencing a new discovery leads to a better understanding of life. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, it explains how a group of prisoners are inside a dark cave looking at shadows believing it to be realistic; however, one prisoner gets free and leaves the cave and experience the outside world seeing real nature and the brightness of the sun and adjust to it. That person returns back to the cave to tell what he had experienced outside the cave to the other prisoners as the other prisoners would not listen to him and neglect his words. That person however cannot adjust to the darkness inside the cave once he got adjusted to the brightness of the outside world. Like Plato’s allegory of the cave, good living does require us to leave the cave.
Platonism, rendered as a proper noun, is the philosophy of Plato or the name of other philosophical systems considered closely derived from it. In narrower usage, Platonism, rendered as a common noun (with a lower case ‘p’, subject to sentence case), refers to the philosophy that affirms the existence of abstract objects, which are asserted to “exist” in a “third realm” distinct both from the sensible external world and from the internal world of consciousness. Platonism is the view that there exist such things as abstract objects, where an abstract object is an object that does not exist in space or time and which is therefore entirely non-physical and non-mental. Platonism in this sense is a contemporary view . Platonism was originally expressed
Hatice Çayır 2012202009 Phil 341 THE MORAL GOODNESS IN PLATO AND KANT Ethics, as a one of the main branchs of philosophy, has many concerns. Some of the problems it deals with has been dissolved, some of them still need to be examined. Besides all changes in the subjects of ethics, the idea of the good has been preserved its importance throughout history of philosophy and remain as an indescribable subject. In different periods, different philosophers concentrate on the idea of good from different perspectives.
Overcoming educational obstacles George Washington Carver states, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”. This quote rings true for many, but the path to freedom is not always pleasant. Education is vital to an individual’s success, for it unleashes a world of opportunity. The unnamed caveman in Plato's "The allegory of the Cave", Helen Keller in her autobiography "Everything has a Name", and myself have overcome similar educational obstacles.
"Critically assess Plato 's Cave in terms of what it reveals about the nature of truth." What is the truth. Plato defined the ultimate truth as “Aletheia”, which literally translated to mean “unhidden” or “that which does not remain unnoticed”. However, not all people’s thought are same. Oxford dictionary states that truth is “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality” or “a fact or belief that is accepted as true”.