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Philosophy and the Art of Living: Plato

This guide is for the students in Dr. Bruce Fraser's Clemente Course in the Humanites.

Course Readings

The life and death of Socrates - through the eyes of Plato (selections):

The Allegory of the Cave - defining justice:

The readings links above lead to MIT's Internet Classics Archive. If you experience difficulties accessing these selections, visit their home page at: and search for the reading there.

About Plato

Plato was born in Athens, Greece in about 427 B.C. He was a student of and heavily influenced by Socrates. Plato wrote about many topics, but is best-known for his work The Republic, which includes the Allegory of the Cave. Plato was Aristotle's teacher. Plato died of unknown causes in 347 B.C.


Collinson, D. & Plant, K. (2006). Fifty major philosophers. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.