The symbolism of the analogy of the cave

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the cave
the visible world which we live- the world of appearances
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the released prisoner
the philosopher, socrates or plato
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the prisoners
the rest of humanity
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the shadows and echoes
what we percieve as our reality, empirical knowledge- copies of the forms
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outside the cave
true reality- the unchanging, eternal world of the forms
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the sun
the perfect form of the good, the source, sustainer and illuminator of all other forms
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the journey out
the struggle for true knowledge
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return to the cave
the philospohers attempt to explain his ideas
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death of the escaped prisoner
reference to the death of socrates
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the philosopher, socrates or plato

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the released prisoner

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the rest of humanity

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what we percieve as our reality, empirical knowledge- copies of the forms

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true reality- the unchanging, eternal world of the forms

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