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Unformatted text preview: Plato- Allegory of the Cave 15:36 429-347 BCE Excerpt from the public (?) Plato • Greek philosopher influenced by o Socrates (Athens) o Pythagoreans (S. Italy) • Founded Academy at Athens • Wrote 36 dialogues o Dialogue- A kind of fiction; A quasi-fictional conversation between two people in his lifetime that tease-out/espouse philosophical positions Usually Socrates voices the philosophical position that the dialogue adopt (Socrates is main character) • Was a poet before he studied under Socrates Allegory of the Cave (possible essay question on final) • Ordinary people are the “clockwork oranged” people in the cave who can see only shadows o This is the world of daily existence o Truth is “nothing but the shadow of images” • Coming out of the cave into the sun is a painful and disorienting experience o As is realizing that day-to-day concerns and “common sense” truths are...
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course CLC 110 taught by Professor Gremmler during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Albany.
- Spring '08