Please choose one below and respond with 500 words.
1) Consider the metaphor operating in Plato’s Parable of the Cave. Are we living like we have blinders on, perceiving only a distorted reality? If so, how can we become enlightened? Again, give examples to illustrate how/why this is the case and what someone did about it. As such, also propose some public/historical figure to fit the role of the enlightened martyr suggested at the end of the video.
2) Pick one of these three celebrated maxims and take a position on it. Explain what you think the expression means and put it into practice, giving examples from your own life, lives of friends or acquaintances, or even a public figure if you prefer. Donâ€™t discuss anything thatâ€™s too personal or uncomfortable. The intent is to express your understanding of the idea, as you see it, and demonstrate how it might work in real life.
- Protagoras: “Man is the measure of all things.”
- Heraclitus the Obscure: “It is not possible to step in the same river twice.”
- Socrates: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
3) Alternatively, formulate your own syllogism, explain why itâ€™s logically consistent (which is different to it being necessarily true, remember), and defend your conclusion. A simple syllogism: dogs are carnivores (meat-eaters); Fido is a dog; therefore, Fido eats meat. Try for something more profound, obviously — again, giving personal or public examples to illustrate and support your premises and conclusion. As a response to someone elseâ€™s syllogism, comment on why it is or isn’t consistent and express opinions about the conclusion(s) drawn from it.