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Spiros 1 Spiros Mitsis English 110-25 November 15 2001 The Truth Behind Knowlegde Reading both Platos The Allegory of the Cave and Maimonides On the Limits of Mans Intellect opened my eyes to different views on how one can recognize true knowledge I agree with Plato on a couple points for example when he says that people if wanting to gain knowledge they must bring forth an effort and also if one desires to live ethically it is essential to live beyond the world of your sensory perceptions because they are unreliable and imperfect I also agree with Plato on the theory of virtue stating that wisdom has a divine power which may be turned either towards good of toward evil Reading on the Limits of Mans Intellect gave me reasons to disagree with Maimonides His theory of man not being able to understand a thing because he or she did not discover it and his point on the human brain where he believes that there is a certain point to which the human mind cannot pass became vague to me These authors share the view towards the significance of knowledge being lifes number one objective but there are differences in their thought to which I can agree and disagree In Platos Allegory man is basing what he knows on shadows To the prisoner truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images Plato 316 Plato uses this appearance verses reality scheme to focus on mans perception of things For example if I were to hold an object lets say a sneaker behind the prisoner he would say I see a sneaker He thinks he is talking about a sneaker but he is really talking about a shadow The prisoner is relying on his perception to find out the truth where he should concentrate on the real thing which casts the shadow One could ask well the how do
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