Malabou on Plato’s Return to the Cave

Catherine MalabouJust saw Catherine Malabou on Berkeley campus give a lecture in which she surprisingly argued that while most translators and scholars of Plato say that the philosopher should not go back down into the cave, as they will be killed by the common people like Socrates, Plato hints through using myth at the very end of the Republic that the philosopher should go back into the cave and dwell among the people, but avoid being recognized as sovereign by remaining fluid, sovereign and common in an unrecognizable state.  I have never heard of such a reading.  Everyone always assumes that Plato was an outspoken authoritarian.

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