Do the thoughtless comments people make about matters of justice leave you feeling hopeless? Are you frustrated by party politics when those who should be ruling the country in fact care more about their own power? If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you might be sympathetic to what Plato is trying to convey in his most famous book, The Republic.
But, as with all meaningful philosophy, Plato’s view is controversial. Plato is vehemently anti-democratic…
The first West London Philosophy School class on Monday the 4th of January 2016 will be about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. It is the most famous allegory in the history of philosophy, which appears in the dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon in book VII of The Republic. In the dialogue, Socrates and Glaucon are discussing the question: what is justice? But along with that question, Plato – through the character of Socrates – tries to teach us something about education and insight: how do we learn the truth?
To celebrate the opening of the West London Philosophy School, cake will be served during the break!
An old but good translation of Book VII of the Republic is Paul Shorey’s (1935-1937). You can find it here.
Tim Wilson made this wonderful animated mini lecture on Plato’s Cave.