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Plato Philosophies Plato was one of the greatest philosophers of all time He is recognized all over the world as one of the greatest minds of all time Knowledge is required under compulsion has not hold on the mindDurant 24 Platos dialogues are the fruit of a rare mind but the could not have kept their perennial freshness if they had not somehow succeeded in expressing he problems and the convictions that are common to Platos age and to all later ages Genius alone is not enough or perhaps it were wiser to say that we recognize genius only in the power of divination that overleaps the boundaries of a special time and placeJowett xi Although Plato did not come up with the Allegory of the Cave Socrates did he transcribed it In their own ways Oedipus Rex Hamlet and Thomas Becket prove that one must break the chains of the cave to discover the truth In view of Platos Allegory of the Cave several literary works contain characters who break from the shadows of the cave to witness the real world Platos Allegory of the Cave presents Socrates instructing one of his students to imagine that there was a cave that was totally dark except from the light that comes from the entrance and from a fire The student was instructed then to imagine that the inhabitants of the cave have their necks and legs chained to the wall impossible for the inhabitants to move The people who control the cave place objects in front of the fire so that the inhabitants of the cave only see the shadows of the objects that the people want them to see The chained inhabitants never get to see the real objects only the distorted images of the objects Furthermore the inhabitants of the cave perceive the distorted objects as real not the actual objects as being real Socrates then tells the student
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