The Allegory that Keeps on Giving

Post date: Feb 23, 2012 5:29:12 PM

This diagram shows how "The Divided Line" that Plato describes in The Republic is actually another way of visualizing the process of enlightenment represented by his equally famous "Allegory of the Cave." Click on the image to see several blog posts discussing the allegory.

Plato's Cave

The best way to understand the allegory of the cave in Book VII of Plato's Republic is to visualize what he describes--even better still, to draw it! Here's a couple of illustrations basked on the allegory. Do some Google searching to see dozens of different versions of this.