Response To Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave was an interpretation of the aversion humans have to things that are outside of their experienced reality, as well as a proposed solution. Firstly, I can’t help but notice that there is a racist, classist, sexist, and ableist element to Plato’s proposal. Allegory of the Cave is found within The Republic, which is a book that describes “the education required of a Philosopher-King”. Racial minorities, poor people, women, and disabled people are all immediately eliminated from the selection of potential candidates. They did not have the same opportunities that white cis men had, and they still do not. Did Plato truly think that the most privileged type of person in the world would make the best ruler for all people?

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