Plato's Allegory of the Cave (Background (Written in 380 BCE, Socratic…
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
Written in 380 BCE
Socratic dialogue: Socrates and Glaucon, his pupil
Written by Plato and his best known work
One of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory, both intellectually and historically (Wikipedia)
Synopsis: In the book's dialogue, Socrates discusses the meaning of justice and whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man with various Athenians and foreigners. They consider the natures of existing regimes and then propose a series of different, hypothetical cities in comparison. This culminates in the discussion of Kallipolisς), a hypothetical city-state ruled by a philosopher king. They also discuss the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the role of the philosopher and that of poetry in society. The dialogues may have taken place during the Peloponnesian War
Light vs. Darkness
Perception vs. Reality
Perception vs. Naming (red or Tasty Wheat)
The "enlightens" vs. the "unenlightened"
Is Plato a jerk?
Borges One to One Map
How does this relate to Selfies?
Images as Reality
Do we live in a cave?
Are we in "chains?"