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Plato's theory of knowledge is found in the Republic, particularly in his discussion of
the image about the myth of the cave. Plato distinguishes between two levels of awareness:
opinion and knowledge. The myth of the cave describes individuals chained deep within the
recesses of a cave. Bound so that vision is restricted, they cannot see one another. The only
thing visible is the wall of the cave upon which appear shadows cast by models or statues of
animals and objects that are passed before a brightly burning fire. Breaking free, one of the
individuals escapes from the cave into the light of day. With the aid of the sun, that person
sees for the first time the real world and returns to the cave with the message that the only
things they have seen are shadows and appearances and that the real world awaits them if
they are willing to struggle free of their bonds. The shadowy environment of the cave
symbolizes for Plato the physical world of appearan...
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