Examining the Role of “Perplexity”

As similarly noted by Socrates, the presence of knowledge does not encourage one to seek out the information further for they have already grasped the subject.  This shows how perplexity is crucial to broadening the scope of knowledge because it extends the lengths by which one wishes to obtain knowledge as well.  People can resolve this mode of confusion or unknowing by experience, a more direct way of obtaining the missing information, or by teaching, where the information is directly taught to them in the hopes of being able to retain said information.

In conclusion, perplexity is central to learning or knowing because it influences the student to bridge the gap and conduct the research or search for the resources to find the information they need.  Without this perplexity, there leads a life of finite knowns, thus placing a limit on the amount of future knowledge gained.

One response to “Examining the Role of “Perplexity”

  1. I agree with your belief that perplexity can encourage people to bridge the gap between what they know and what they do not know; however, on the contrary, I also think that confusion can, in certain situations, frustrate to the point of making people abandon the search for new knowledge. Perplexity’s duality cannot be attributed to any excerpt from The Republic; however, I believe that it serves as both an motivation and hindrance just based off life experience. I think that most people can attest to having reached a place one time or another where they have become so confused that they just gave up. Therefore, bewilderment can sometimes impede the search for knowledge.

    Whether perplexity serves as an encouragement or impediment depends on the type of person who is confused on their search for knowledge and the kind of question being pursued. Very motivated individuals are more likely to push through when they are confused, whereas less motivated people are less likely to stick to it when the going gets tough. Additionally, the difficulty of the question and the importance of finding the answer weigh in to whether or not an individual pushes through such confusion in order to obtain the truth.

    In conclusion, I believe that perplexity can both encourage and discourage the pursuit of new knowledge. While Socrates chooses to examine the way in which perplexity allows people to bridge the gap between what they know versus what they do not know, others would focus on how confusion or bewilderment can sometimes grow so strong that the pursuit of new information is discarded. It all depends on the perspective of the person in search of the answer to his or her question.

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