Closereads: Forms in Plato’s “Republic” (Part One)

Sign up for Closereads at patreon.com/closereadsphilosophy to get additional parts of this reading, as well as our previous and future installments of this new podcast. Toward the end of Book VI and into Book VII of the Republic, Plato gives a series of metaphors for the role "the good itself" plays in our knowledge and values. We read here starting at line 507b of the  Continue Reading …

Voldemort as Plato’s Tyrant

[From friend of the blog Mark Satta] One of the great things about good literature is the ease with which it brings to life the characters in the mind of the reader. This “bringing to life” gives the reader an ability to play around with the facets of the character’s personality in a way that I think a philosophical text rarely allows for. Elements of this benefit can be  Continue Reading …

20 Versions of “The Cave:” A Video Roundup

Plato's Allegory of the Cave (which we didn't get around to spelling out on our Plato's Republic episode) has been given scads of video treatments, both professional and amateur. Here are some I found on YouTube before getting too irritated to look at any more: Easily the best of this bunch, here's Orson Welles narrating over creepy animations, going on at some length to  Continue Reading …

Metaphors of Deception in “The Matrix” (incl. Plato’s Cave)

Back in our Descartes episode, we brought up the movie The Matrix as an example of the kind of situation whose possibility motivates Descartes's project of doubt. Here's a video getting into some of the other ways of interpreting this metaphor about deception: Watch on YouTube. One type mentioned here is Marxist "false consciousness" (which we got into a little in our  Continue Reading …