Plato's classic text The Republic, written as a dialogue between Socrates and a pupil, is about the idea of justice and what it means to be a citizen. But, in a broader sense, it is also about the nature of truth, perception and images. Please read the handout (http://wsu.edu/~dee/GREECE/ALLEGORY.HTM), then respond to some of the following questions:
What implications does the "Allegory of the Cave" have for visual art?
What does Socrates mean when he says, "The copy is to the original as the sphere of opinion is to knowledge"?
When Socrates speaks about the "four faculties of the soul", Perception is at the bottom. What is at the top? What does this say about the role of art in the philosophical ideals of truth and beauty?
TASK: Please post one brief response to one or more of the questions above, then respond to at least two other posts. 10 points (5 for original post, 5 for responses)