1. Work with a partner:
2. Allegory clips:
First, consider how the animation below matches your sketch and understanding of the passage:
Alex Gendler, “The Allegory of the Cave” (TEDEd)
(pause at 2:13)
Next, consider how these concepts were likely intended by Plato to be interpreted.
(continue from 2:13)
Finally Scenes from The Matrix (1999)
Save a few minutes at the end to set up discussion for The Meno.
Homework: Assignment #302.
Quick round: What’s one thing you learned over break?
We have been philosophizing together now for about half the school year. It’s a good moment to step back and ask: What’s the point? Are we gaining any particular expertise? If so, in what ways are we becoming expert? If not, why are we doing this?
Guiding question for the third marking period is “How do we know what we know?” Investigation of knowledge is called epistemology. Among the questions we will consider:
Let’s start by thinking through the question of how we come to know things. Frame your statement as:
Homework: Assignment #301.
Welcome to Minervaland! You have been selected to serve as part of the Constitutional Convention following a political crisis. In accordance with Rawls’ principles of the “veil of ignorance,” you bring no social identity with you to this Convention.
Oh, so a few facts you should know about Minervaland:
I. Politics Committee
P1. How is power distributed in Minervaland?
P2. How do citizens participate in the government of Minervaland?
P3. How should political speech by regulated in Minervaland?
P4. Should peaceful assembly be permitted?
P5. Does Minervaland have an official religion? If so, which?
II. Law & Justice Committee
L1. How long can a citizen be held in detention by authorities before being formally charged with a crime?
L2. When is torture permitted in Minervaland?
L3. When one is accused of a crime, one is . . .
L4. Who reviews most legal cases in Minerva?
L5. When are trials held in secret?
III. Economy Committee
E1. How will property be treated in Minervaland?
E2. When can property be seized from individuals?
E3. Employment is:
E4. Vacations should be provided:
IV. Human Welfare Committee
H1. Should Minervaland guarantee a basic income for its citizens?
H2. How should healthcare be provided in Minervaland?
H3. How should childcare be provided?
H4. How should the state support education in Minervaland?
H5. How will elderly Minervans be cared for?
Check for understanding
Review/extension of Lee Kuan Yew
Examination of Tharoor
Homework: Assignment #216 (review only)
Check for Understanding
Reflect and share:
Discussion (some key points to address):
Homework: Assignment #215.
Looking ahead to Thanksgiving:
Check for understanding
Homework: Assignment #214.
The Problem of Human Rights
Reading and Winnowing the UDHR
Homework: Assignment #213
Word cloud exercise:
HS150 Global Thinking