Bacon's Allegory Of The Cave

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In Bacon’s writing, Four Idols, he believes there are so called “idols” or illusions that deceive and alter one's understanding of truth and the human mind. Bacon suggests understanding the four idols, that make it unclear for reasoning to flourish truthfully, by one is able to discover the validity of reason and avoid being misleaded or misguided by these illusions and misconceptions of the world. Bacon takes a more logical and scientific approach in philosophy using results and data to determine the truth behind “how we know what we know” and how not to be deceived by our mind’s own capability. On the other hand, Plato believes that with time one will be able to see the light if it chooses because everyone was born knowing but with a vague …show more content…
One man is called out by out by an unknown force and is shown the truth and light of what seemed distorted. This is similar to Bacon’s knowledge and ideas that with knowing the four idols it will bring up a clear understanding of the human mind and bring light to us all. The idols of the mind create a false image where nothing can be seen in its full potential and truth. The first Idol is Idols of the Cave causing a “false mirror” of outlooks where nothing can be seen to its full potential and truthfulness. People have trouble seeing the beacon of light of tunnel because of having a specific “education, habit, and accident” that allows one not to see the light.(p.882). The second is Idol of the Tribe where one exaggerates ideas and thoughts. The third is the Idol of Marketplace vulgar language clouds the brain and these words become real fantasies in one’s mind. The last Idols of the Theatres accepts the interpretations and mind and creates a play like a scene where nothing is true but the actor itself (p.891). By knowing the Idols through specific research and data the process of exploring the mind and knowing the truth according to Bacon is

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