Life From Plato’s Cave

A course in interdisciplinarity by Mario Veen. In each episode I travel through Plato’s Allegory of the Cave together with a guide. Together, we examine the question of what it means to learn, grow and develop in life on earth. We do so from a new perspective every time. You can use this course to study whatever interests you through the lens of philosophy, film, art, physics, spirituality and many more. All you need is the willingness to think things through and the openness to have your preconceived notions challenged.
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The book Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education by Megan Brown, Mario Veen and Gabrielle Finn considers the practical application of philosophical concepts to teaching, learning, and rese...
September 2, 2022
We discuss World-Centered Education by Gert Biesta. Gert Biesta (gertbiesta.com/) is Professor of Public Education in the Centre for Public Education and Pedagogy, Maynooth University, Ireland, and Pr...
August 31, 2022
We discuss Image-Thinking: Artmaking as Cultural Analysis by Mieke Bal. Mieke (www.miekebal.org) started as a literary scholar. Her commitment is to interdisciplinary approaches to cultural artifacts ...
July 28, 2022
Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton. Her research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain-building, and she combines field-...
July 10, 2022
Jeanne Proust has studied Humanities, Philosophy and Visual Arts in Bordeaux, Berlin, and Paris. She has been teaching Philosophy for the last 12 years in the US. Her PhD dissertation (Université Pari...
June 14, 2022
Camillo is a medical doctor from South Africa. Currently he works as a senior house officer at Letterkenny University Hospital department of Hematology. He has a special interests in existentialist ph...
May 31, 2022
Ian Partman (he/they) is a 19-year old student, writer, activist, and artist based in New York City. He is the founder of Ignite Collective, a national organization of young activists who work to resi...
April 29, 2022
We've been looking at what Plato's allegory means. But what happens when we examine what it does? We'll discuss political scientist Mark Reinhardt's article "The Cave of Images: Understanding Visual P...
March 31, 2022
The returning soul in Plato's allegory of the Cave is not heard by the prisoners, who are too occupied with the shadows on the wall. In the most literal sense, Plato was probably speaking about how th...
February 27, 2022
What keeps Plato's prisoners chained in the cave? What keeps us grounded to our reality? Food is definitely one of those things. How can we develop a more conscious relationship to food, how can we tu...
February 27, 2022

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