The Allegory of the Cave

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This piece is from Plato’s book “The Republic”. This particular excerpt from his philosophy explains the importance of education in society. The people in the cave serve as an allegory for human society and the pursuit of knowledge. As students read, they should track the prisoner’s changing perception of the world as he moves further and further away from the cave. This text is for 11th grade readers.

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