In the Allegory of the Cave, how does Plato represent himself on metaphysical objectivity?

In the Allegory of the Cave, how does Plato represent himself on metaphysical objectivity?

I can’t express myself!

The whole text is basically relating to metaphysical objectivity. The sun symbolizes as a metaphysical object, of which I cannot explain ..

Somebody help?

  1. Ke Xu LongApr 19, 2010

    As one whose only reality is cast in shadows depicted upon a wall… “but in a fiction, a dream of passion”… intangible nonetheless: very safe and left alone by others in the cave who know only thins cave and shadows as their reality. But once he(Plato, as metaphysical observer of himself)is brought up from the cave into the light. He is faced with reality: the tangible, the real things: “pressure and form in the physical sense experience,” upon his return with this new found information. It is no longer safe for him. And the first thing the others would try to do is kill him.

  2. Beaker (I'm not a chicken)Apr 19, 2010

    pancakes

  3. Nick_AMay 16, 2010

    Genuinely appreciating Plato’s cave allegory first requires the humility to admit that our lives are primarily lived in imagination which denies our potential abilty to become human. This is the the result of the fallen human condition.

    Anyone beginning to realize this becomes dangerous to the collective egotism that supports cave life. Socrates explains the danger for these people in the allegory

    “Socrates] And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the cave, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous? Men would say of him that up he went and down he came without his eyes; and that it was better not even to think of ascending; and if any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.”

    It is best then for those becoming more realistic and influential to be very very careful.

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