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EikaΣia and πiΣtiΣ in Plato's Cave Allegory

  • Corinne Praus Sze (a1)

This allegory (R.,514 a 1–517 a 6) is among the most well-traversed passages in Plato's dialogues and deservedly so. Its emotional impact is undeniable, yet it confronts the reader with several problems of interpretation. There is a strong sense that it is of central importance to the crucial questions of the Platonic philosopher's education and his role in society, and it possibly holds one key to an understanding of the Republic as a whole.

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J. E. Raven , ‘Sun, Divided Line, and Cave’, CQ N.S. 3 (1953), 2232;

J. Malcolm , ‘The Line and the Cave’, Phronesis 7 (1962), 3845.

Plato's Simile of Light’, CQ 16 (1922), 1528.

Plato's Simile of Light Again’, CQ 28 (1934), 190210.

J. L. Stocks , ‘The Divided Line in Plato Rep. VI’, CQ 5 (1911) 7388.

J. Ferguson , ‘Sun, Line, and Cave Again’, CQ N.S. 13 (1963), 188–93.

Back to the Cave’, CQ 28 (1934), 211–13.

G. T. Tanner , ‘Dianoia and Plato's Cave’, CQ N.S. 20 (1970), 8591,

N. Cooper , ‘The Importance of Dianoia in Plato's Theory of Forms’, CQ N.S. 16 (1966), 68, argues that ‘shadow belief’ is not a human state of mind and that in the cave is an intermediate state between ‘shadow belief’ and knowledge of physical objects.

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The Classical Quarterly
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