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Spring 2017 Week 3 Feb 4

Topics: Metaphysics, Socrates, Plato

Tues Feb 6 B Day

In Class:

1. Read the short dialogue (handout pg 15) adapted from Plato's REPUBLIC and answer the questions about it. Preferably, you should read in a quiet place, away from noise and other distractions.......reading aloud sometimes helps understanding. (It is written as a dialogue between Plato's brother, Glaucon, and his mentor, Socrates.)

HW: watch any short video dramatization on Plato's story of THE CAVE. There are many on YOU TUBE. Or read the story again, if that helps. Be ready to describe what you saw and heard
Thurs Feb 8 B Day- "ta meta tat physica"--- "after the physics"

Journal: How do we know what is real and what is imaginary? What about reality vs appearance?

2. Discuss The Cave and what you thought of it.


HW: Create a biographical portrait of Socrates. Template is on the back of this packet! Glitter is still good!

**Mark your calendars -- Thurs March 2 at 11 a.m. Long Wharf Theater: "Napoli Brooklyn" !!!! Reserve now!**

Quotable Quotes

[Men trapped in the cave] would hold that the truth is nothing other than the shadows of artificial things." (515c)

In his famous Allegory of the Cave, Socrates suggests that the world we see every day is more like shadows on a wall than reality. If all you ever see is shadows on a wall, you'll think that those shadows are reality. You'd never suspect the real world outside the cave. Socrates thinks that's the way most of us live our lives: we think we're living in reality, but there's another, more "real" reality out there that we have to search for.

Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself. Therefore make your own future.
Swami Vivekananda

Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.

Vernon Howard

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