Who are the "puppet handlers" in Plato's allegory of the cave?

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In Plato's famous imagery of the Cave, a group of men sit in a darkened cave, shackled to the ground so that they cannot move and are forced to look forward. Behind them is a source of light and a group of "puppet handlers," who amble a series of shapes and figures in front of the light so that they will cast a shadow on the wall. Having never been allowed to leave the cave, and also having never seen anything other than the shadows before, the shackled men mistake these blurry images on the wall for reality. They begin to invent names for them and develop complex philosophies to explain their origins and the deeper meanings behind their appearance and...

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