PLATO’S “ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE”

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”
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Unit 2 Assignment:
In this Assignment, you will examine the myth of “Allegory of the Cave” from Plato’s Republic and apply it to your own lives. The application to your life should come under the scope of achieving goals through planning and prioritization. Think of the Assignment in light of leadership and self-motivation. In order to complete this Assignment, you will first need to read Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” (consult the Reading page in the unit). Utilize the Unit 2 Assignment template in Doc Sharing to complete the Assignment.

Part I

Consider a time when you may have been in the cave. Perhaps you have been freed from first impressions, false generalizations, or stereotypes. Perhaps you have a belief that you had to re-examine in the face of contradictory evidence, or one strengthened by new information. Explain how you think this instance is similar to Plato’s work. Be specific and make the connections clear by citing passages and ideas from Plato.

Part II

Then, how did you ultimately get freed of the experience that kept you in the cave? Explain how you came to the realization, and how you motivated yourself to change. List three steps that you feel were required in order for you to plan your escape, and why you took on those steps in a particular order. What did you learn about yourself, your motivations, and your goals by the end of this journey?

Part III

Finally, spend some time discussing the implications and applications of this exit from the cave in other areas of your life, such as in advising friends or family members, motivating yourself, or leading others. Give two examples where you may be able to apply this same process in another area of your life. Why do you think it may be effective in these cases? Explain your reasoning.

As you brainstorm these experiences that parallel to “The Allegory of the Cave”, remember that the Assignment should demonstrate your understanding of Plato’s work. It is important to show you’re your understand has changed, grown deeper, or added detail based on the concepts in the reading. Sources are required for this Assignment. Be sure to cite them using the APA 6th edition style guide, which is available under Course Home.

The Assignment should be at least 500 words. You should follow the Assignment template in Doc Sharing. Follow the formatting guidelines put forth in the APA style of writing, and structure your thoughts in essay format – introductory paragraph and thesis statement, supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion. Submit the project to the Dropbox when it is complete.

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