Examining Plato’s theory of why the sun is such a powerful entity.
This paper sheds light on Plato’s allegory of the cave and explains why this great philosopher viewed the sun as the source of all knowledge. It shows how Plato presented his famous allegory of the cave in his book “The Republic” that compares human existence to darkness of life in the cave and shows why sun represents the real light of knowledge.
“Plato, the most distinguished of Socrates’ disciples, was of the view that most people in this world are living in complete darkness. This darkness has made it impossible to see the actual, unchanging truth and thus the knowledge they possess about people and things is highly impaired. Plato illustrated these opinions and other such valuable observations in his allegory of the Cave, which appeared in his famous book, The Republic. This allegory is though very clear in intent, can still confuse readers, new to the world of philosophy. This is because the allegory appears in the form of dialogues between Socrates and Glaucon. The great philosopher is trying to explain why people of greater knowledge can often encounter ridicule by those who have refused to come out of the cave. ”