In this paper, I present a novel interpretation of the allegory of the Cave, based on an analysis of its Orphic subtext and its parallels with the eschatological myths of the Phaedo and Phaedrus. The result is a radical reassessment of the apparent epistemic optimism of the Cave allegory, with wide-ranging implications for Plato’s philosophy.
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Chair: Alesia Preite
Workshop in Ancient Philosophy Convenors: Ursula Coope, Simon Shogry and Alexander Bown