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Allegory of the cave

I need help discussing Plato's understanding of rationalism human knowing and how his Allegory of the Cave depicts this understanding and parallels Christian thoughts.

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1. Need help discussing Plato's understanding of rationalism human knowing and how his Allegory of the Cave depicts this understanding and parallels Christian thoughts.

The Allegory is related to Plato's Theory of Forms. According to Plato, "Forms" possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality, as opposed to what we perceive of the the material world through our senses. In the allegory of the cave, Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. They cannot turn their head, so the prisoners watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them. The prisoner begin to assign forms to these shadows, and ...

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The solution explains Plato's Allegory of the Cave as well as its parallels to Christianity. Online resources are included in the text.

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