Plato's Cave Revisited: A Conversation about Education Today

Plato's Cave Revisited: A Conversation about Education Today


Illustrious guests, a full house and a lively conversation were the ingredients of “Plato’s Cave Revisited: A Conversation about Education Today” an event organized in cooperation with the Bard College Berlin about the present condition of University education, its achievements and failings, in light of Plato’s educational vision.

Plato’s Republic culminates in the famous allegory of the cave that offers “an image of our nature in its education and want of education.” Depicting education’s effect as a “turning-around” that is both liberating and potentially dangerous, the Republic also elaborates a curriculum that can affect such a transformation. A foundational stone in the long history of European universities, this view of the purpose and structure of higher education continues to intrigue and inspire today.

With the allegory of the cave as a point of departure, the panel gathered academic leaders and educators from Berlin and beyond to discuss the present condition of University education, its achievements and failings, in light of Plato’s educational vision.

The panel was moderated by Dean Mena Mark Hanna, and it included:

Leon Botstein – President, Bard College
Lorraine Daston – Director, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Roni Mann – Director of Humanities, Barenboim-Said Akademie
Michael P. Steinberg – President, The American Academy in Berlin

Organized by Bard College Berlin in cooperation with the Barenboim-Said Akademie, in the frame of the program "Plato Goes Live" / 'Eine Uni - ein Buch' supported by the Stifterverband and the Klaus Tschira Foundation in cooperation with DIE ZEIT