Monday, October 20, 2008

Allegory of the Cave and . . .

Interesting conversation with my students today. We were discussing Plato's Allegory of the Cave and the notion of essence. They weren't gettin it (at least they didn't seem to be). So I asked:
"Who is more Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin herself or Tina Fey?"
That got things going, fer sure, you betchya!


ChrisG said...

this suggests that at least your students recognized the Allegory of the Cave. That's more than mine could do when asked.

rpd said...

Hmm. That is surprising. My sense is that most of my students today are under Jon Stewart's tutledge and have become pathological manipulation spotters.

The hard part becomes getting them to move beyond the shadows and the puppet showmen bit into the more interesting claims about knowledge.