The Claymation Allegory of the Cave

A wonderful brief film of Plato’s allegory of the Cave by Michael Ramsey and John Grigsby:

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  • Francisco Bacopa

    I always figured The Matrix was a BIV story. This video brings to mind it also might be a Cave story as well.

    BTW, Those of you interested in brains in vats might want to read Daniel Dennett’s Where Am I? Totally mind blowing essay, and quite accessible to folks without any formal training in philosophy.

  • aspidoscelis

    It’s a well-done portrayal, but I’ve always thought the allegory of the cave was execrable in print and I feel about the same about it in claymation. What it boils down to seems to be: if Plato knows things that are True, it doesn’t matter that he can’t demonstrate them to be True… they’re True anyways, and that’s what matters.

  • justawriter

    I’ve always thought that Plato was mostly right, he just got things backwards. His ideal forms are the shadows by which we try to understand the world while variation from form is the reality of the universe. We cannot hope to understand one billion cats, so we create CAT, an ideal which has the elements we can agree are shared by as many of the cats as we can observe. But CAT is an abstraction, a reduction of all the properties of cats. CAT cannot tell us about a cat, because cats vary. Now CAT is useful because it can help us distinguish cat from non-cat, however the cat that is farthest removed from the ideal form of CAT is still a cat. So the ideal form is a useful shadow but is less informative than imperfect and varying reality.

    • aspidoscelis

      I believe you have a good point there.