The Allegory Of Cave In Plato's Republic

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At the beginning of Part I, the allegory of cave by Plato's Republic emphasizes how sense experience serves as an important role for the gaining of true knowledge. He demonstrates how the shadows created by the puppeteers influence the prisoners' minds to view the world (Plato 5-6). However, I think that sense experience has its own limitations hindering the way to explore new knowledge.

First limitation is that inference from sense experience may come up a misguided premise because of the weak relationship in between. Aristotle proposed that things in nature are nonbeing, potential being and actual being (Lindberg 22). From this concept, people that time may conclude a general property by what they felt in daily sense experience. Nonetheless, things in nature have their varieties which people cannot experience all of them to generate a
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His attitude on mathematical proving made original inductive reasoning into deductive reasoning by mathematics calculation. For instance, Newton described locomotion by using mathematical proved formula of body mass and body's acceleration to demonstrate how things are applied in force (Newton 64). This demonstration induces the advancement from strong argument of inductive reasoning to valid argument of deductive reasoning. This essential step overcomes the limitation of sense experience that the premise from mathematics calculation is necessary. Rigorous proof of argument can thus persuade public to believe which likes building critical blocks for citizens in society to climb up the upward journey to learn what they never seen before. Newton's important step likes releasing the prisoners' fetters to avoid the dominance of sense experience (Plato 6), but at the same time fostering them to understand the world step by step in the principle of mathematical
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