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Teaching Political Science to Undergraduates by Laure Paquette

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2 Case Study in Political Philosophy: the Allegory of the Cave

The application par excellence for the worksheets in the field of political philosophy is the analysis of text, and in particular foundational texts. The case study proposed here is Plato’s allegory or parable of the cave. Students may analyse it using worksheets 18. A short introduction to the uses of and background of a worksheet is best given at the start of the class during which students will use that particular worksheet. Students may then take notes during reading or a discussion of the text, keeping them engaged.

There are number of excellent translations either in the public domain or available on the Internet:

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