Discuss Plato’s Myth of the Metals or Noble Lie.  What does it illustrate about justice in the city and in the individual?

  Could Plato’s suggestions be implemented today?  Why or why not?  


Discuss the allegory of the cave at the beginning of Book VII.  Does the allegory allow us to understand some phenomenon better than some alternative explanation?  If so, in what ways? Or for what reasons?  How can the cave illustrate the role of the philosopher?