Why I Agree with Plato and Why

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Submitted By lgalati
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After doing research on Plato, ive come to find many people disagree with him. Plato is a rationalist, He says that sense experience fails to provide us with any guarantee that what we experience is, in fact, true. Plato's simile of the sun, image of the divided line, and allegory of the cave are intended to clarify exactly how the things we experience in the sensible, ordinary world are less real than the ideal models on which they rely for their existence. One of his theories I particualry agree with is knowledge. Plato was convinced that ethical conduct must be founded on knowledge, and that knowledge must be knowledge of eternal values which are not subject to the shifting and changing impressions of senses or of subjective opinion, but are the same for all men and for all peoples of all ages. It is this ignorance of how we establish our reality that Plato attempted to expose with his complex theory of knowledge. Plato developed a system of levels in which he explained the steps through which a human evolves as wisdom replaces ignorance. Plato described how the human mind achieves knowledge, and indicated what knowledge consists of by means of his allegory of the Cave, his metaphor of the Divided Line, and his doctrine of Forms or Ideas. In one of Platos books in the Republic, he illustrates a “Cave”. Plato asks us to imagine an underground cave, which has an opening towards the light. In this cave are living human beings, with their legs and necks chained from childhood in such a way that they face the inside wall of the cave and have never seen the light of the sun. Above and behind them. The mouth of the cave, is a fire, and between them and the fire is a raised, low wall. Along this raised, low wall there pass men carrying statues and figures of animals and other objects, in such a manner that the objects appear over the top of the low…...

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