DRAWING THE LINE WITH PLATO
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.