Assignment 3: Allegory of the Cave DRAFT – for peer review

Read Plato’s account of the Allegory of the Cave and say whether an why you think it is valid today.

There are various ways you can answer this question. In what sense might we be ‘in the dark’ about the world we live in? Are we in some sense collectively manipulated or do we just think we are? Does Plato’s image of shadows on a cave wall bear comparison with the technological screen? Try to provide sufficient evidence in your answer and take relevant quotes from the text. (1500 words)

Reality Perception a question of power


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Comment for the chosen Tao Te Ching text on page 3:

I find this very relevant to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and his conception of a balanced psyche. Plato saw a line between the world of sight (of the sensible world) and the world of knowledge. The Chinese text talks about the five aspects of a sensible world (sight/five colors:  green, red, yellow, white, and black; hearing/five musical tones: C, D, E, G, and A; taste/five flavors: sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and pungent) The excess is ‘madden the mind’ as Plato would say that the love of wisdom is scarified by only satisfying our appetites for pleasure

For me also an example that human condition is not a Western or Eastern invention, but truly to the heart of what life is about.



  5 comments for “Assignment 3: Allegory of the Cave DRAFT – for peer review

  1. August 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm


    This is difficult stuff I know. I get the sense from this that you have done a lot of work and reading but I can’t relate it to the life I live or aspire to live. Perhaps it’s the language you use, and it is very dense. It would feel more real to me if you used some more every day examples to illustrate your meaning. There are a lot of quotes. I would like to hear your voice more.

    Best wishes


    • Stefan
      August 20, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Thanks Janet for your valuable comment. One of the issues with essay writing of academic style, to be too personal is not appreciated as far as I know, it should be built on evidence and quotes from the text. Yes, I did some reading around the text and considering the topics form the part of the course. Indeed, dense and perhaps too academic. I am not happy myself with footnoting and with a rather ‘neutral’ style. I take from you the voice aspect and very intriguing to hear that you see a disconnect between the life you experience and the essay. Can you see what the difference is? Also regarding voice: is it language or a clear statement from me not coming cross. Again I very much appreciate your feedback 🙂

      • August 20, 2017 at 8:53 am

        Sorry Stefan I anglicised your name in my last note.

        • Stefan
          August 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

          never mind – haved live several year in US and other countries afterwards I am used to variations, It’s still me 😉

  2. August 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Hi Stephen. I am out and about today so will have a look at this again tomorrow and reply. I am coming at this as a lay, partly informed, reader. I am aiming to do UVC next but have done some reading on the philosophy of art so thank you for posting as it is helping me clarify what my approach to academic writing about art should be.

    A demain.


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