Plato’s Cave Allegory Animated Monty Python-Style

There’s some­thing about Pla­to’s Alle­go­ry of the Cave that inspires peo­ple to get cre­ative. Orson Welles once nar­rat­ed an ani­mat­ed adap­ta­tion of the Cave alle­go­ry. The folks at Bull­head Enter­tain­ment brought to life the alle­go­ry appear­ing in Book VII of Pla­to’s Repub­lic using some fine clay­ma­tion. And Alex Gendler recent­ly craft­ed a ver­sion in an aes­thet­ic that calls Dr. Seuss to mind. Now, comes anoth­er one by The School of Life, done in a style rem­i­nis­cent of Ter­ry Gilliam’s cut-out ani­ma­tions for Mon­ty Python. It’s part of a series of 22 ani­mat­ed phi­los­o­phy videos, which takes you from the Ancients (Aris­to­tle, Pla­to, and the Sto­ics) straight through to the Mod­erns (Sartre, Camus, and Fou­cault). Find a com­plete playlist here.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Two Ani­ma­tions of Plato’s Alle­go­ry of the Cave: One Nar­rat­ed by Orson Welles, Anoth­er Made with Clay

Ter­ry Gilliam Reveals the Secrets of Mon­ty Python Ani­ma­tions: A 1974 How-To Guide

What is the Good Life? Pla­to, Aris­to­tle, Niet­zsche, & Kant’s Ideas in 4 Ani­mat­ed Videos

135 Free Phi­los­o­phy eBooks

Free Online Phi­los­o­phy Cours­es

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