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Three Allegories from Plato's Republic - Webinar Recording
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“The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism.” C.S. Lewis (“On the Reading of Old Books”)
Lewis contended that Plato is easier to read than books on Platonism. We agree. In this webinar, Heidi White will delve into Books 6 and 7 of The Republic to explore Socrates’ three magnificent allegories of the human journey from ignorance to knowledge, knowledge to virtue: the allegories of the sun, the divided line, and the cave.
It turns out that Plato’s teacher, Socrates — although exceedingly brilliant — was not a dry academic, but a warm conversationalist on a lifelong search for truth who utilized accessible concrete images to contemplate universal questions in discussions with ordinary folks. Famously known to posterity as the introduction of theory of the Forms, Books 6 and 7 of The Republic explore the nature of education, knowledge, goodness, and reality itself in a surprisingly approachable and compelling manner. Whether you are a teacher or a student, a novice or a journeyman, this webinar is for anybody who has ever been curious about Platonic philosophy.
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