American Philosophy Story Essay

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Throughout each day every person encounters many situations that could be interpreted as hidden, philosophical lessons. In most cases we are unable to notice these important factors that shape us as people. As many would agree, I think that it is our duty to find a deeper meaning in everyday tasks and activities. One way we can begin to put this into practice is by taking a look at potentially the most influential thing in our life: pop culture. From our favorite movies to the music we listen to, pop culture has infiltrated our lives in one way or another. In particular, television has become an a basic part of our daily routines. It seems to me that this is partially due to the new found popularity of Netflix, an online streaming network.
Plato's concept of true knowledge is portrayed through Violet Harmon's thoughts and actions in "Piggy, Piggy". In this episode, Violet tries to rely more on her reason than her senses, similar to the way Plato would have in order to find true knowledge. True knowledge, as Plato described, is what we know through our reason rather than our senses. She spends much time wondering whether the things that she perceives are real or not. Throughout the episode, she repeatedly questions Tate's existence, which leads her to conduct an extensive amount of research. With this research, along with the help of Constance, Violet is able to reach a conclusion regarding her perception of Tate. In a moment of Violet's utter confusion, Constance helps to guide her by granting her a piece of wisdom: "You're a smart girl. How can you be so arrogant to think that there is only one reality that you're able to see?" (Piggy, Piggy). From her talk with Constance, Violet is able to realize that Tate is a ghost. In other words, Violet used her reason to realize which knowledge is true and which is not. Violet used her reason to prove her senses wrong, and while doing so gained access of her true knowledge.
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