Here are some slides on the eponymous Plato’s Republic. These were used in a class where we had to get through the basics of Plato’s position to evaluate the claim that philosophers should be kings.
They were offered to provide a framework of his overall position to support student understanding while simultaneously challenging students to think about the role the similes play in illustrating and supporting Plato’s arguments and position.
Of particular interest might be the slides on the Sun, the Divided Line, and the Cave. The last links through to the animated version of Plato’s cave narrated by Orson Welles.
I would love to know what you think, if you’ve used them and what happened, or if you wouldn’t use them and why not, or any other salient thoughts.
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The slideshare doesn’t reflect the clickthrough “animation” of the slides, so download a version of the file below if you’d like to see these in action.