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Stefan513593 - Prep Assignment3 - Plato - Simile of the Cave

Assignment 3: Allegory of the Cave – Final

Here my final assignment essay about the validity of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave total word count (without content list, header, header quotes, footnotes, and bibliography) : 1593   as pdf document: pdf     Reflection: After my draft essay, peer review and some further thoughts I decided to completely re-write my essay. I kep a few aspects from my…

Stefan513593 - Prep Assignment3 - Plato - Sketch of modern cave

Assignment 3 Preparation: Developing arguments – draft state

The assignment task was to review the relevance of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in today’s society. I looked at a wider scope of Plato’s motivation and Platonism in a cultural and philosophical background. Possible ways of answering where provided in the course material (guidance or restrictions?) by living in the dark, collective manipulation and resemblance of shadows with television…

Preparation A3 – Reality experience and embodied meaning

Introduction My research so far left me with an unsettling feeling that all theorists from Plato to Deleuze, the structuralists and post-structuralists were very much looking from a logocentric perspective. The tradition was based on the concept that language and writing followed ideas, other as the structuralists were taken the positions that meaning is the effect of language (Belsey, 2002,…

Stefan513593 - Prep Assignment3 - Plato - Simile of the Cave

Preparation A3 – Allegory of the Cave

My working thesis Reality perception a question of power  I looked at Plato and The Republic alongside the Simile of the Sun and the Divided Line in a previous post Here I will take the essence from the Allegory of the Cave, as part of my brainstorming and initial essay outline I read it once. I figured out that through…

Preparation A3 – Plato and a dualistic philosophy / The Republic

Plato (around 428  BC – around 348 BC) was student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle and founder of the Academy in Athens. I wanted to understand more about the motivation and rationale behind Plato’s Politeia (The Republic). What was the background for him and what the idea that made him to write the Allegory of the Cave? As Deleuze…

Preparation A3 – Reality in film, between fiction and manipulation

In preparation for my assignment essay with regards to ‘shadows’ of reality on screens (TV, cinema) and the way we perceive or conceive reality, facts, and truth, I want to look on another category of visual culture: Documentary and Reality TV and how those provide us with illusions or delusions “Mirror with a Memory” – O. W. Holmes Holmes notion on photography…

‘The Matrix’

It is quite some time ago since I’ve seen Matrix the last time. Actually, I cannot recall it. The film is mentioned in the course material relating to simulacrcum and articulate intelligence with some relations to Plato’s cave and Baudrillard’s rather dystopian description of simulacrum reality. I was curious to see what to take from it. One aspect became very…

Stefan513593 - Part 3 - Meaning and attribution

Part Three – Exercise 3.6: Misrepresentation

Reflect on this last sentence in as many words as necessary to form your own judgement. ‘One cannot say the world is socially constructed and say there are misrepresentations.’ “Postmodern knowledge is not simply a tool of the authorities; it refines our sensitivity to differences and reinforces our ability to tolerate the incommensurable.” –  J.-F. Lyotard Introduction: How to read…

Preparatary notes for Exercise 3.6: Misrepresentations

Conditions for Critical Thinking In an earlier post on the relativism in context of ‘fake news’ and divergent opinions and the challenges in postmodern education I reflected an article in the Swiss newspaper NZZ (Otto, 2017) – click here. This seems to be quite spot on the for my answer of the question of misrepresentations in a socially constructed world. Postmodern…

SJSchaffeld (2017) Prayers's Rock, pencil and pen on paper (A4)

Artificial Intelligence – Amendment Exercise 3.5

After posting my last exercise work on Artificial versus Human Intelligence I read in the last issus of Smithsonian an article about the technology center in Korea (Shteyngart, 2017).  Seoul, the capital of South Korea, with nearly half of the population living in the 25 Million metropol. A country addicted to the sense of perfection as the hero in the TV show …

Fig. 1: The graph depicts the uncanny valley, the proposed relation between the human likeness of an entity and the perceiver's affinity for it.

Part Three – Exercise 3.5: Artificial Intelligence

Does the prospect of artificial intelligence make us doubt the authenticity of human intelligence or is it forever a copy or fake version of human intelligence? Give reasons for both arguments. If you have the opportunity watch the film Bladerunner as a fictional account of the problem. Look up the term ‘uncanny valley’ as another prompt to thought. What a…

Antrum Platonicum - After: Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem biographyPublished by: Hendrik Hondius I biography. Print made by: Jan Saenredam - http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?assetId=261145001&objectId=1490634&partId=1

Assignment 3: Brainstorming and Outline

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…

Notes: Speculative Realism and OOO – a new shift in Art?

In the last issue of Elephant magazine (issue 31, Summer 2017) was an demanding article by Ben Eastham about a new focus in art on objects and materiality in art. After the detour in the ‘virtual’, non-materiality of digital and internet world, ‘things’ and physical objects are considered again as the new contemporary expression. The author argued that collectors were…

Stefan513593 - 3.1 - Similarities and Differences-log1

Part Three – Exercise 3.1: Emerson / Searle

Can you see a connection between Emerson’s remarks and the view expressed by Searle in chapter one? Where do their views overlap and where do they differ? You could address this in three columns – one for each author either side of a column of similarities. The differences will be those points that are not similarities. “No truth can be…

Impact of photography and reality

“We cannot claim to have really seen anything before having photographed it”  – Emile Zola In the context of my recent investitgation of reality, modern art, flatness and subjective perception, I I was wondering why Greenberg did not mention in his most known essays (‘Avant-Garde and Kitsch’, ‘Modernist Painting’, and ‘After Abstract Expressionism’) the medium of photography. What does photography make…

Part One – Assignment 1: The Innocent Eye or Perspective

Part A Look at the painting ‘The Innocent Eye Test’ by Mark Tansey (below). The phrase ‘the innocence of the eye’ was coined by the British critic John Ruskin in 1857: The whole technical power of painting depends on our recovery of what may be called the innocence of the eye; that is to say, of a sort of childish…