Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Allegory of the Cave

Please blog the following questions concerning Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
  1. In the first paragraph, what does the speaker identify as his purpose?
  2. Explain the analogy the speaker makes in paragraph 5.
  3. Characterize the tone of Socrates, the principal speaker.
  4. Characterize the attitude of Glaucon.
  5. Read paragraph 29 carefully. Explain the implication the speaker makes about the way humans live. Does such a characterization apply to life today?
  6. In paragraph 35 Socrates explains the allegory he has thus far made. How persuasive is he?
  7. Inferring from Plato's argument in this allegory, where can we assume morality and ethics come from? (Just to look a tad deeper..)
Note about tomorrow: Christine successfully lobbied for a study day for the vocabulary final (she accepts flowers, chocolate, and gift cards). If people use the time, wonderful. If people do not use the time, there will be an assignment at the ready to fill the gap. :)

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