Plato Truth Essay

Topics: Symposium, Plato, Platonic love Pages: 1 (265 words) Published: November 30, 2011
In “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, there are people living in an underground den that have been there for their entire lives. There is a fire behind them and they can only see what is in front of them which are only shadows of objects. The people think that this is as real as it gets because they do not know any better. One man was taken outside of the cave. In the light, he saw real objects. He learns the truth that things are much more real than he previously thought. Then, he tries to enlighten the other people that are still in the cave. He tells them what he has learned, but they do not believe him and actually condemn him for the moral misconduct. To the people in the cave, shadows are their reality and is what they think is true. In this work, Plato’s nature of the truth is what is experienced. Each person has their own form of the truth which is how they comprehend the world. Plato’s nature of the truth is like the saying “seeing is believing.” Everyone sees the world differently and has his own conclusion. In the Symposium by Plato, Phaedrus, Pausanias, Exyximachus, Aristophnes, Agathon, and Diotima gave speeches on love. They all gave their own interpretation of it. In this work I think Plato’s metaphor for the truth is the same as in “The Allegory of the Cave.” Each person comprehends love differently which is their truth. They have their own experiences which leads them to believe different things.
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