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Images of Excellence: Plato's Critique of the Arts

Christopher Janaway


The book is an examination of Plato's philosophy of art. Central to the book are Plato's arguments in the Republic that traditionally accepted forms of poetry, drama, and music are of questionable value, on the grounds that they do not arise from knowledge on the part of artists, and that they can be harmful because they appeal to the emotional side of the psyche. The book suggests that Plato has a better case for his views than has often been claimed, given the context of his ethics and epistemology, and that his views challenge much of what is accepted as good art in modern thought. To under ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, ancient philosophy, art, beauty, inspiration, Christopher Janaway, mimesis, moral education, philosophy of art, Plato, Republic, techne

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198237921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198237928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Janaway, author
Birkbeck College, University of London
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