Plato’s Cave Supplements – For Fun (and clarification)

The allegory of the cave still seem a bit complicated? It’s such a visual piece, and therefore requires that we accurately imagine each piece that Socrates describes – if we are to understand him fully. I happened upon these videos over break, each of which animate the allegory – these show perhaps even clearer images than the diagrams I posted when we first discussed the reading.

This first video is a 1973 animation – pardon the fuzzy picture – narrated by the oh-so-excellent Orson Welles. It’s the most complete of the two I post here – meaning it explains a larger portion of the reading. (The narration uses Socrates’s words.)

The following video is much shorter – it includes less of the allegory – but it’s a beautiful claymation production. Enjoy!


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