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Allegory of the Cave | [Plato]

Allegory of the Cave

Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.
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Publisher's Summary

Experience this live lecture at Harvard, with the sounds not dubbed out and changed. Hear the lecturer stop, pause, turn pages, and experience an authentic lecture. The author points out how little is actually known about the ancient Greek language used by Plato to write The Allegory of the Cave. No one knows the exact pronunciation of names, places, or other such things, which leaves more to the imagination, which can be both inspiring and frustrating. Note: Insert after paragraph three: This lecture has 11 tracks. 1. Introduction. 2. Plato and His Life. 3. The Republic. 4. The Translator: Benjamin Jowett. 5. Reading of Allegory of the Cave, Book VII. 6. Simply Notes. 7. Platonic Idealism and Realism. 8. Universals. 9. Particulars. 10. Criticism. 11. Questions for Discussions & Subjects for Essays.

Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.

With this audiobook, you will hear the original Allegory of the Cave and much more in less than 60 minutes. To improve your understanding of Plato's allegory, we have included original commentary surrounding this subject. This information is intended to give you a fuller understanding of the allegory.

Fewer people than you may think have read or even heard of the Allegory of the Cave. Fewer still have read or heard of Plato's The Republic. If you're seeking to boost your performance in school, or if you're just curious, this audio program will put you ahead of the class!

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    Francisco 04-24-15
    Francisco 04-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "good book"

    I really like it how is done the introduction help to get a better idea

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    Patrick 06-02-14
    Patrick 06-02-14
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    What would have made Allegory of the Cave better?

    Narrator put virtually no effort into the presentation. Less than $3 and I still feel like I overpaid.


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    Maggie Baton Rouge, LA, United States 11-05-13
    Maggie Baton Rouge, LA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2007

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    "solid and reliable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    worth my time since the reader gave a context with which to place this classic work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Plato? Why or why not?

    of course. philosophy starts with plato and it's smart to know foundational material.


    What three words best describe Deaver Brown’s voice?

    deep, clear, and well-paced.


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    Justin 06-08-13
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    If you could sum up Allegory of the Cave in three words, what would they be?

    Great thoughts on reality


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deaver Brown?

    Lol


    Any additional comments?

    I see a lot of complaints about the narrator so be warned - don't listen for the narration, listen for the story.

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    jkhbusiness2 Boston, MA, United States 01-12-12
    jkhbusiness2 Boston, MA, United States 01-12-12

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    "allegory is fine; commentary is not useful"

    The author spends most of his time telling us that philosophy isn't very interesting. As a fan of philosophy, I found it insulting. But in any case it was a waste of time to listen to. Just skip to the allegory itself and ignore all the rest.

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    Alberto brooklyn, NY, United States 12-26-11
    Alberto brooklyn, NY, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Left me with a desire for more."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is not very engaging, but the allegory pulls its own weight. If you like the allegory as much as I do, than you can deal with the narration.


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    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11
    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2014

    My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!

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    "Disappointed!"

    I was very disappointed with the narrator. Deaver Brown had done such a great job in Elements of Style, but here I was left wanting. If you want to listen to Allegory of the Cave, buy The Republic, and skip to chapter 7.

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    Stephen Reno, NV, United States 04-01-11
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    "Useless rubbish"

    I have never written a review before but I have to let prospective customers know what utter garbage this recording is before they click "add to cart". The narrator stumbles and stutters his through this reading as though he is intentionally trying to insult any customer who actually paid for this book. No effort was put into the production of this useless piece of garbage and audible should not sell it. I couldn't even finish it.

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