1. First, read: Allegory of the Cave by Plato F23.docxDownload Allegory of the Cave by Plato F23.docx

(It might be helpful to watch this video as well: to an external site.


2. Second, answer questions A-B listed below.

A. Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” can often be a confusing text for those who have not studied philosophy. Given this, write two questions that you have when reading this text. One of the questions should be narrow and specific (what does he mean as he writes … ?) and one of the questions should be wider / general (How could this text relate to our criminal justice system?). You do not need to answer your question, but be specific and refer to the text when possible.

B. At this point, describe what you think the main theme or message of this text is in 1-2 paragraphs. Look back through the text and look for the main topics addressed. I know this is a tough text, so just do your best.

3. Third, watch: “Plato’s Allegory of the Cave – Alex Gendler”.Links to an external site.

4. Fourth, answer questions C-E after watching the video.

C. Explain to what extent do you find Socrates point about human tendency to confuse “shadows” with “reality” relevant today? In society today or in your own life, what sorts of things shackle (limit) the mind? Be specific with examples. Explain in 2 paragraphs.

D. What are some things the allegory suggests about the process of enlightenment or education? Explain in 1-2 paragraphs.

E. Describe a time in your life when you found out that a long held belief was not true. What convinced you to change your mind? (Be specific) Explain in 1-2 paragraphs.