Appearances: Plato’s Cave and the Plight of Becoming

By Ian D. MacKinnon.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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What is one’s experience as one passes through the gate of “Imagine?” What is it that one encounters? What does one see? Wondering how students could represent the sun as a facet of expressing the elements, and understanding the import of, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, an image of their gathering together so as to wonder for themselves brought forth a response in the form of a series of human tableaus. Plato’s imaginative narrative, punctuated by drawings, emerges as a constellation of living thought forms arising before his listener’s awareness, so, that coupled with the narrative presented as a series of stage directions, it becomes a vision of the human condition for the audience of the theater.

Keywords: Prisoner, Liberated and Compelled, Instructor, Steep and Rugged Ascent, Sun, Upper World, Chains, Fire, Raised Way, Screen, All Sorts of Vessels, Statues, Figures of Animals, Made of Wood and Stone, Various Materials, Shadows, Echo, Reaching all along the Cave, Mouth Open towards the Light, Underground Cave

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.167-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.786MB).

Ian D. MacKinnon

Senior Lecturer, Philosophy Department, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA

Teaching philosophy since 1987, before which working in warehouses, factories, and on the railroad. Interested in the relations between the seen, thought, and the real; working to share experience of these relations in the classroom and with the general public.


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