After writing yesterday’s blog, I re-read the section of Plato’s Republic about shadows on the wall.
My previous understanding seems to be a bit eccentric. I was interpreting it to mean that there are absolutes such as beauty and truth and that we experience them in a way that reflects but is not reality. I was also saying I didn’t buy the notion.
While this idea is in the passage, it sounds more like Plato via the voice of
is harping away on the ideal ruling class and it’s ability to look the bright light of real truth in the eye and inform its behavior as the leaders of the society. Typical “Republic” stuff.
So I wasn’t totally off, but my interp was a bit self-serving. Ahem.