Plato (Plátōn) 428/427 – 348/347 BC. Student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, Plato was a Greek philosopher and founder of the ‘Academy in Athens’. Plato was a prolific intellectual who influenced Western philosophy, poltical theory, and even art till today. Aristotle, Aquinus and Kant would be on a similar level. The famous ‘Allegory of the Cave’ is part of book VII his work The Republic (around 380 BC), a book about philosopy and political theory.
Understanding the assignment question and brainstorming ideas and keywords:
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Keywords for research and reading:
- Plato today
- Living in the dark, shadow
- Sight and knowledge
- Perception and reflection
- Mental models and beliefs
- Knowledge and truth
- Manipulative truth
- Act of power and authority in knowledge
- Naturalism, appearance, and observation
Reading (seeing) list plan for assignment 3:
- Baudrillard, J. (1994) Simulacra and Simulation, The Body, in Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism, Translated by Glaser, S. F. Chicago: Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Press.
- Deleuze, G. and Krauss, R. (1983) ‘Plato and the Simulacrum’, In: October, 27 pp. 45-56.
- Matrix (1999) Directed by The Wachowski Brothers [DVD], Westwood, California:
- Plato (2007) The Republic, Penguin Classics, 2nd rev., reissued with new introduction ed. Translated by Lee, D. London; New York: Penguin Books.
- Sontag, S. (2013) ‘In Plato’s Cave’ in: Essays of the 1960s & 70s, The Library of America. Edited by Rieff, D. New York: Penguin Random House Inc.
- other texts on Semiotics, trope, metaphor
- other texts on Naturalism
- other texts on mental models and beliefs
Working thesis for me now:
Reality perception a question of power
I will see how it evolves and where my further reading and line of reasoning will lead it towards.
- Saenredam, J. and van Haarlem, C. C. (1604) Antrum Platonicum, [engraving], Available from: https://www.bmimages.com/pr/881609704/The_Trustees_of_the_British_Museum_00261145001.jpg [accessed 12 July 2017].
- Plato (2007) The Republic, Penguin Classics, 2nd rev., reissued with new introduction ed. Translated by Lee, D. London; New York: Penguin Books. pp.240-244