chapter  9
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The Cooperative Synthesis of Disparate Points of View

In Plato’s parable o f the cave the prisoners are chained to a single station point and see nothing but shadows on a wall. They have no way of distancing or decentering themselves from this one limited view of the world. It is all they know. Limited and distorted as it may be, that is their “ reality.” Plato’s point is that this is the normal situation of ordinary mortals.