By Ben Taylor
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These extraordinary, usually hilarious cinematic endeavors verify that fact is stranger than fiction, fact extra unstable than narratives, and destiny extra inconceivable than plots.
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And if anyone were able to pierce through this veil of appearances, and to grasp the true nature of reality, they would view those left behind as no more than prisoners conﬁned to a world of illusion. To them everything that those left behind took to be solid reality would seem to be no more than shadows. There are a number of ways in which the cave story can be interpreted. First of all, it can be read as ‘an invitation to think, rather than to rely on the way things appear to us’ (Blackburn 1994, 253).
Moreover, leaving the cinema and returning to the ‘real 21 PLATO’S PICTURE SHOW – THE THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE world’ all takes place within our ordinary experience, just as the distinctions we make between appearance and reality are ordinarily made within the realm of our ordinary experience. For Plato in contrast, it is ordinary experience as a whole that is illusory. In order to escape from illusion and to comprehend reality, we have to escape entirely from the realm of ordinary experience. Now, Plato’s account does not only have to do with knowledge, but also with a certain kind of liberation bound up with knowledge.
We have to become critical of received opinion and commonsense beliefs, beliefs that are presented to us as self-evident or unquestionable. Second, the cave story illustrates Plato’s positive philosophical views about the nature of knowledge. Philosophers have always been interested in giving an account of knowledge, of the nature, scope and limits of what we can know – an area of philosophical reﬂection that has come to be known as epistemology. And the cave serves as a concrete representation of Plato’s own epistemological position.
Apocalypse on the Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions by Ben Taylor