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Plato discusses theories of knowledge throughout his famous dialogue the Theaetetus He discusses many different ways of learning and attempts to define knowledge Plato does this through a conversation between a few characters Socrates the famous philosopher Theodorus an aged friend and philosopher of Socrates and Theaetetus a young man who is introduced to Socrates before a discussion One aspect of knowledge which they review is perception It is defined and explained by Socrates to the young and innocent Theaetetus Perception is defined by Floyd H Allport in his book Theories of Perception and the Concept of Structure as the way things look to us or the way they sound feel taste or smell It is not the way things are exactly but the way we see them or because it involves all of the five senses the way we perceive them Perception is not restricted to sight only the world has countless numbers of sounds smells and textures Perception is the way things look to us because even though something might seem to be one way it is another For example the Muller-Lyer illusion makes people see two lines of different lengths while the lines are the same size This illustrates the fact that just because you perceive something to be a certain way does not mean that it is true Truth and perception do not necessarily coincide This is also true with belief When seeing something that is too far fetched to be real then you find it hard to believe Perception is merely an experience which is just a stage along the causal process leading to belief Perception is not truth or belief but it is an important however not necessary step to reaching them In Platos Theaetetus the three characters in the conversation have a discussion on perception and how it relates to the world Plato recounts Socrates telling the young Theaetetus how contrary to his belief perception
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