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The Tucson Philosophy Group Meetup



A Look at the Platonic Allegory of the Cave, the

Metaphor of the Sun and the Analogy of the Divided Line

Plato's Academy By Michelangelo

In the May Meeting we agreed not to forsake our discussions of Platonic Love and tabled our discussions of Plato’s Forms and Ideas until this month's meeting. The brief reading that we'll be discussing at this month's meeting is from the Republic Books VI & VII and represents the foundation for over two millennia of classical philosophical  idealism (actually it’s amazingly only the last few pages of Book VI and the first few pages of Book VII of the Republic,  here’s a link for Jowett’s Translation) :

As we also discussed at the last meeting, there will be a tacit agreement amongst us that participation in the meeting presupposes that before wielding any baseless diatribes or ad hominem attacks on defenseless Plato or his Platonic idealism, participants will as a minimum have read and be familiar with the reading from the Republic dealing with the Allegory of the Cave, the Metaphor of the Sun and the Analogy of the Divided Line (it’s only about 5 pages of reading) and will focus any prospective discussions upon intelligent and reasoned discourse for or against those specific theories and their logical extensions.

So join us in addressing the age old question of Universals/Absolutes and once and for all let’s see if we simple monthly cave dwellers are ever capable of truly seeing the light.

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  • Ross

    Good group of people, looking forward to next month's discussions of Language
    and the Logical Positivists/Empiricists.

    June 12, 2012

  • Sheila

    It was the best meeting in some time. Ross you were great as moderator. Donne's poem generated as much contemplation afterwards as the discussions.

    June 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the subject Plato and love again?

    June 5, 2012

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