The Allegory of the Cave

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The Allegory of the Cave :

The Allegory of the Cave Plato


Plato 428-348 BCE Athens, Greece Student of Socrates The Republic --a dialogue on the nature of justice, society, and ethics


Socrates 469-399 BCE Athens, Greece Socratic Method --seeking insight by questioning Epistemology --what is knowledge; how do we know

Allegory = an extended metaphor:

Allegory = an extended metaphor Metaphor --express one concept in terms of another One story is analogous to another

The Cave:

The Cave Socrates dialogues with one of his students, Glaucon, and asks him to imagine a situation: “And now…let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened”


Symbolism Sun Cave


Enlightenment Everyone has experienced a time in which he or she was seeing things in one way and then became enlightened and began see or understand things in a new way. Write an essay about an experience you had in which you went from seeing things in one way to seeing things in another way.

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