Mind and Miriam Phillips Plato

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Randi Owens
April 15, 2012
COM 126
Miriam Phillips
Plato’s Cave: Shadows on the Wall
While reading Plato’s Cave there are different allegories that one could perceive; however, after doing a web search I found one that I will be writing about. This article can be found at: http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm. In this article the writer explains what they perceive the allegory of Plato’s Cave to be. The article points out that in the story the people are unable to see the actual objects, but instead they just see shadows. Because of this they cannot actually know what the object really looks like, but only what they perceive it to be. The reason I chose this particular article was because I feel like it could be a valid allegory. Just because we see things in life does not mean that we really see those objects. We could perceive something to be something that it is not. Just like in the story. The people seeing the shadows think that what they are seeing is a person, or animal, but it is actually just a shadow that they see. The actual object is just a puppet to portray whatever the shadow is. The things that stood out to me are how the article related it to us today and how we can perceive things wrongly. The shadows are just perceptions and what we really need to grasp are the actual forms, objects. There are times in life that people will think they know something because of what the believe they see, but in all actuality it is nothing like what they are perceiving. We cannot form our opinions of things or people on what we perceive, but rather on actual facts. The article states “Plato’s point: the general terms of our language are not “names” of the physical objects that we can see. They are actually names of things that we cannot see, things that we can only grasp with the mind” (Cohen, 2006, p. 1). When we begin to start looking for the physical objects we can begin to understand things more clearly. We need to...
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