What is the nature of reality? Are we deluged and absorbed in appearances, illusions, half-truths or is there a fundamental, underlying, absolute truth uniting and connecting the disparate phenomena we observe? If we're in the cave, is dialectic or elenchus (which is philosopher-speak for talking to one another or arguing until we agree) really going to get us out? Can we break free from bad faith, false consciousness and inauthenticity? And what, if anything, do you take Plato to be saying when he remarks that 'the good lies beyond being'?