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Locate and give a synopsis in an article published in the last 5 years that discusses a philosopher or a school of philosophy. What were the basic assumptions? Do these basic assumptions align with your values? If you look at your religious or spiritual views as a philosophy of life, do the basic assumptions of your views coincide with any of the non-religious schools of philosophy? How are the assumptions parallel and how are they opposed?

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The solution reviews an article that tackles Plato's 'allegory of the Cave' providing an assessment of its basic assumptions and reflects on their alignment to the writer's views. It also tackles the religious alignment it might have in the writer's (and a modern individual's) belief system and personal philosophy, contrasting and relating them. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. Full information on the article reviewed is also listed.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. For a problem like this, it would be best to look at classical philosophy as some of their tenets can easily be tied to certain religious viewpoints and values. For this solution, I have chosen Plato and his 'Allegory of the Cave'. if you have any questions with the ideas below, just let me know via the feedback section. The solution has been written from the viewpoint of the student as a way of showing you how this problem could be answered. Good luck with your studies.

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Article on Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave'

Title: The Allegory of the Cave
Author: S. Marc Cohen
Original Year of Publication: 2006
Article Revised & Updated: 05.29.2011
URL: http://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm

I have chosen to look at Classical philosophy and I came across this updated article on Plato's allegory of the cave by Marc Cohen. It sets out to explain the tenets of the philosophy which is about how we come to percieve and believe what is real and what is true. The cave is a metaphor and the allegory sets out to explain how man can be blinded due to the limitations of his understanding and perception, therefore limiting what he can glean as truth and reality. We read this allegory in Plato's seminal work 'The Republic' and written as a 'fictional dialouge' between Plato's teacher Socrates and Plato's brother Glaucon. Cohen ...

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