Quotes, and Scholarly Opinion of Plato's Analogy of the Cave

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these quotes show the situation of the cave, events in the cave, the symbolism, the Forms, and other people's opinions on Plato's theory, I hope you find it useful.

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Plato Quotes
The Republic
The situation inside the cave:

"Behold! Human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open
towards the light and reaching all along the den. Here they have been from their
childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot…

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"He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world. And first he
will see the shadows best, next the reflections of men and other objects in the
water, and then the objects themselves;"
"Last of he will be able to see the sun, and not mere…

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is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world
giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing,
immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would
act wisely, either in private or in public,…

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Useful Websites

Mel Thompson on the Theory of the Forms:


Bryce Howard on Plato's Cave



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