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Plato's Allegory of the Cave & Buddha's 4 Noble Truths

Did any of these give you a strong reaction and why? Which one surprised you most? Is there any in which you agree/disagree? I chose Plato and Buddha to do my write up, however, you do not have to answer about those 2. I'm trying to get a broader idea of what expert thinkers are thinking, for a larger paper down the line. Thanks.

We had to read these:
Western tradition

Plato, "The Allegory of the Cave," from The Republic, Book VII (Kessler, Chapter 10)


The Buddha, The Four Noble Truths (Kessler, Chapter 3)


Jo Freeman, Feminism vs. Family Values: Women at the 1992 Democratic and Republican Conventions

Wendy McElroy, The Roots of Individualist Feminism in 19th-Century America or Introduction to Individualist Feminism.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. It is always a fantastic thing to have a broader picture of where you want to take your studies especially since you have so rightly prepared yourself for the task of writing a larger paper down the line. Gautama (the Buddha) and Plato are among my personal favorite reads and I like to contrast their ideas oftentimes finding great similarities. Now, I am going to assume that the task you are set to do is to answer those 2 questions. The solution below takes into account these two works and the questions you have given. I suggest this simple outline:

1. Discussion of reaction - 150 words
2. The surprise - 150 words
3. Personal agreement/disagreement - 150 words

You can draw from personal experience, or from popular media to further exemplify your position. For example, it is rather easy to imagine that the allegory of the cave is also very much like the position Neo finds himself when Morpheus freed him from the Matrix. I hope the ideas below gets your imagination fired up. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Philosophy Readings: Plato and Buddha


For this part of my studies, what caught my attention the most are the works of Plato (Allegory of the Cave) and Siddhartha Gautama/the Buddha (the 4 Noble Truths). Plato's Allegory of the Cave made me think of ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance, and advice on tackling the task of putting together a reaction paper on the work of Plato (Allegory of the Cave) and the teaching of The Buddha (4 Noble Truths). Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.