Philosophy Philosophy



Accordingto Plato, elements are made of geometric figures. To him, space isthe limit of the adjacent body towards what borders it. Plato isassociated with the notion that, there are more real and perfectspheres occupied by ideas or forms of entities which are eternal,rigid, and in some way paradigmatic for the systems and character ofthe world that is presented to one’s senses. There are threeclasses of people as described by Plato in an analogy to peopleattending a festal game. Including the ones who participate in thegame for fame those who play for financial gain and those who takecontent as spectators, a group that he says defines philosophers(Jowett, 2007).

Inthe story of the cave, the cave is used as an equivalence of thehuman condition for education or absence of it. In this parable, hepresents the human mind as those of prisoners in a cave whose headshave been chained not to turn and see what is behind them. There areshadows and voices reflected before the eyes of the prisoners, yetthe bearers of the images and the voices are invisible (Jowett,2007). In my view, this notion does not fit well to the realunderstanding of an education. The human mind being ‘tabula rasa’or empty can learn anything presented to them but the cave analogy isfake as humans are born free and interact with nature and people,hence learn through interaction.

Inthe allegory of the cave, Plato looks into the out of the ordinary byusing known ideas. In the cave allegory, he explains what educationis all about while in the symposium, he focuses on the concept oflove.


Jowett,B. (2007). SixGreat Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, TheRepublic.Courier Corporation.