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Welcome to Plato's Cave where, as prisoners of this realm, we seek enlightenment through inquiry, reflection and cordial dialog.


Thank you for your interest in Plato's Cave.
If you are interested in discussing philosophy, and related subjects, consider joining Plato's Cave. We are delighted that you have found us, and we hope that your participation with our group will be mutually enjoyable. I personally look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our band of amateur philosophers. Our weekly meetings are currently held on Sunday mornings at 9:00 EST. Plato's Cave philosophers have joined UU Inquiring Minds and Orlando Stoics for a series of member-led forums. Due to our limited physical meeting space, only 25 members can participate in-person. For the time being, members are required to wear protective masks when participating in-person. Plato's Cave is now accepting membership applications from persons who wish to participate online. Meeting participation may be limited. You may reserve admission status via RSVP on our Meetup web page to access login or location information. If your participation plans change, please update your RSVP.
Here are a few expectations to keep in mind:

- Cordial dialog and respect for the opinions of others is expected.
- Political or religious proselytizing is discouraged except as such may fall within the scope of the discussion topic.
- Promoting or selling commercial products is discouraged.
- Inactive members are removed from the member list after a period of non-participation. (Visiting our web site demonstrates a member's continuing interest and counts as participation.)
- Before committing yourself to attend a Plato's Cave meeting, it is strongly recommended that you visit our discussion and files sections and familiarize yourself with the suggested reading materials on the selected topic in order to fully participate in the discussion.

I hope that those reasonable expectations don't discourage you from joining a truly fun and interesting group of amateur philosophers.
Finally, before being accepted as a member, and for purposes of introduction, we do request that you briefly answer three questions:

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your interest in philosophy;
  2. Which two or three programs from the Plato's Cave past meetings interest you the most?;
  3. Do you accept the member guidelines described in the Plato's Cave 'about' section?

Warm Regards,
Steve, Plato’s Cave Organizer

Upcoming events (1)

Is Critical Thinking a Cultural By-Product of the West?

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Join Plato's Cave philosophers, UU Inquiring Minds, and Orlando Stoics on Zoom this Sunday morning, Oct. 2, 2022 at 9:00.

Plato's Cave members can reserve a place and receive zoom login information on this site and by e-mail notice. This link will only be visible to members who RSVP.

Our forum is considering a return to in-person, hybrid meetings in East Orlando. (Zoom will also continue)

Let me know if you are interested in attending in-person (masks are optional).

Contact via meetup:
Plato's Cave members can respond to Steve, Plato's Cave Organizer
Orlando Stoics can respond to StoicDan, Orlando Stoics Organizer

"Is Critical Thinking a Cultural By-Product of the West?"

Continuing some recent themes, we will examine the origins and development of critical thinking in Western Civilization. Starting with Socrates (c[masked] BC), we will explore the value of knowledge and why he asked many questions. This has resulted in the "Socratic Method" as a process and a conversational style. Socrates wanted us to cultivate our minds to the highest form possible.

Fast forward to modern times, the author Michiko Kakutani quotes Hannah Arendt about how recent ways that truth is violated: "The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is ... people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist."
We will also cover Francis Bacon [masked] AD), who proposed a universal classification of knowledge. He wanted the public to have better educational resources, and this complemented his scientific approach to studying nature and the universe. This, too, has affected Western Civilization. In opposition to this, Jacques Derrida [masked]) claimed that the deconstruction of texts is essentially a political act.
Is critical thinking and reasoning universally applicable or only built on the foundations of Western society? Please read some of the materials and bring your own perspective. Join StoicDan, Ellen and Scott this Sunday for "Is Critical Thinking a Cultural By-Product of the West?"

Reading Material

Socrates: His Life and Ideas

Hannah Arendt and Her Book "The Death of Truth" (2018)

Francis Bacon and His Organization of Knowledge

Jacques Derrida (1 page preview of an article)

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