Unformatted text preview: cave and attain a higher grasp of reality. Thus Socrates teaches a program promoting enlightenment in which the philosopher-king should periodically return to the cave and its people in order to rule over them and educate them. Those who are not fit enough for the program are periodically cut and turned into auxiliaries. Only when the cream of the crop has gained enough experience and education in the world are they then ready to take the next step and become philosopher-kings. I think Plato is really stating fairly blatantly that there are only a select few people fit for attaining a high degree of knowledge, and that through their experiences the city as a whole flourishes....
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- Spring '08
- Philosophy, cave, Joe George, VII Summary