represent all individuals as souls trapped in a sensory world
represent individuals and organizations who construct knowledge
represents anything that keeps the individual from having the freedom to learn
represents the sensory or superficial world, in which individuals simply react to the information that is presented to them
the outside world
represents the higher level of understanding, where "forms" or truths are unchanging.
represents those individuals who wish to enlighten others, and have the ability to compel learning.
a source of manufactured light. It represents manufactured information/beliefs. These may be true or untrue, but it is still passed on from others.
Represent the knowledge/beliefs we gain from others and accept as truths.
the rough ascent
Represents the process of letting go of old beliefs and beginning to accept new ones. It is a difficult process because we do not want to
Universal symbol of truth, knowledge, and/or goodness.
Represents "reflected" goodness/truth or knowledge. Just as the moon does not show the true form of objects, the goodness/truth/knowledge gained is not complete understanding.
to Plato, these represented the "forms"--the highest kinds of eternal truth--as revealed by the true source of goodness/truth/knowledge.
Greek philosopher who wrote the "Allegory of the Cave," in _The Republic_