• On Culture and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

    Whatever problems thinking people have with the metaphysics of  Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” if we see it as a metaphor for culture–a system through which we learn to see the world, which shapes us and our expectations, understanding, and perhaps to some degree even our ability to see the world in certain ways–it’s a pretty interesting story.

    Here’s a great claymation that captures the essence of the story:

    Think that over, and if you have thoughts, please do raise them next time I say, “Any questions?”

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