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COURSE: Plato's Allegory of the Cave & the Dialectic Method

Course Code: MCPB001, Category: Mini-Course, Status: Active

Dan Fournier
Instructor: Dan Fournier, read his bio...
Course Summary: In this course you will become familiar with Plato who was a famous philosopher in Ancient Greece. One of his most famous works was The Republic in which he presents an important dialogue called The Allegory of the Cave. You will learn what an allegory is, read and analyze this allegory in order to dig into its deeper meaning and symbolism as well as offer your own interpretation and relation to today's society. You will also be introduced to the Dialectic Method which will be used as a tool for investigating and seeking truth.
Course Aims:
  • learn about the famous Greek philosopher Plato
  • learn about Plato‚Äôs The Republic and The Allegory of the Cave
  • discover what an allegory is
  • analyze and reflect upon the meaning of The Allegory of the Cave
  • write your own critical thoughts about parts of the allegory and of the work altogether
  • learn about the Dialectic Method and how it can be used as a tool of investigation and seeking truth
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Philosophy Bites: Plato's Allegory of the Cave & the Dialectic Method
  • Presentation (PDF)
  • Video
  • Group Discussion
Minimum of 2 students, maximum of 20


Details: The course will be given online on the Schoology platform. It will consist of a main Presentation and supporting documents which includes a dialogue text (in PDF and .mp3 formats), a related video animation, as well as a discussion forum for student participation, interaction, and writing.

Joining the Course: If you wish to join this course, you must email dan stating you'd like to join the course. Spots may be limited; they will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the course is full, you can be given priority for the next available section. Upon the email reply, you will be given an ACCESS-CODE; you must then go to schoology.com and enter the access-code to sign-up. Then, you will be all set to access the related materials get started on the course. You will also need to sign-up for the Discussion Group...