PHILOS 1 Week2 the Allegory of The Cave by Plato Discussion

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Please choose one topic (see below) and post at least one reflection and two comments to your peers' reflections.


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1) One post on the chosen prompt, 100 to 200 words

2) At least two comments on your peers’ posts, 50 to 100 words each. One of the comments can be your reply to a comment you received. Comments can be on any topic, not necessarily the prompt you have chosen.

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1) What is the most important lesson of the Allegory of the cave in your opinion? Why? Does it apply to the contemporary world?

2) Should the existence of illusions and hallucinations make us doubt the ordinary reliability of our senses? Why?

3) Do you think that the Cartesian doubt at the beginning of the Meditations is reasonable and justified? Why?

4) Share your thoughts on any of the Additional resources and how it relates to the topics of this week.

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Question 1
The most important lesson from Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave” is that the only way humans
can free their minds and thoughts from slavery is by pursuing reality and truth. Plato argues that
humans are slaves to their own perceptions, imaginations, and beliefs, which hinders them from
perceiving reality. He states that the only way to find the truth is through an often complex,
perplexing, and painful process of philosophical reasoning. From the reading, I learned that when
humans, accustomed to their old ways, are emancipated from slavery, they often feel
uncomfortable facing reality and often desire to go back ...

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