The main characters of the "Cave" of Vsevolod Lisovsky are people with a complicated biography, who do not have a permanent place of residence and no documents. No philosophical education - only a rich life experience. Three men dine and willingly react to the replicas from the Platonic text reaching them from the next table, engaging in dialogue with him and starting to unwittingly reproduce the structure of the Socratic conversation. So, behind a modest feast and before our eyes, a new text is born, comparable to Plato's philosophical treatises that are dialogical in form.
It is important to remember that “The Cave” does not position itself as an inclusive project and is not one. The three main characters could be replaced without loss of depth and meaning by three Doctors of Philosophy. The difference is that we can hear the voices of the latter through their lectures, articles and monographs, and the first voting rights are denied. The exclusion of the social component helps to look at the project and the fact of gaining a voice as an existentially significant event for the heroes. In this system of reflection, refraction and disorientation yesterday's homeless and PhDs are absolutely equal.