Plato’s Cave vs. Lao-tzu’s Way
A critical analysis comparing Plato’s `Allegory of the Cave,` a section taken from `The Republic` and Lao-tzu’s “Tao-te Ching.”
In this paper, the writer shows how Plato and Lao-tzu both display similarities within their theme of enlightenment and political success and the modern day influence of their works. However, the methods of dialogue and poetry to present their writings helps to maintain their philosophical uniqueness.
“Philosophy is the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct . Plato, a Greek writer and teacher, is thought to be one of the most influential thinkers in Western philosophy. In his work, “The Allegory of the Cave,” he discusses politics and perception within a symbolic narrative. Lao-tzu’s Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching, is another document containing philosophical ideology, focusing on government and moral behavior. Both Plato and Lao-tzu display similarities within their theme and their influence in the modern world; however, one distinct variation they possess is the method in which their material is presented.”