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Images of excellence: Plato's critique of the arts

Images of excellence: Plato's critique of the arts
Images of excellence: Plato's critique of the arts
Plato was the first great figure in Western philosophy to assess the value of the arts; he famously argued in the Republic that traditionally accepted forms of poetry, drama, and music are unsound, claiming they are conducive to warped ethical standards, detrimental to the psyche, and purveyors of illusions about important matters in human life. This view has been widely rejected; but Christopher Janaway here argues that Plato's hostile case is a more coherent and a more profound challenge to the arts than has sometimes been supposed.
Clarendon Press
Janaway, Christopher
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Janaway, Christopher
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Janaway, Christopher (1995) Images of excellence: Plato's critique of the arts , Oxford, GB. Clarendon Press, 236pp.

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Plato was the first great figure in Western philosophy to assess the value of the arts; he famously argued in the Republic that traditionally accepted forms of poetry, drama, and music are unsound, claiming they are conducive to warped ethical standards, detrimental to the psyche, and purveyors of illusions about important matters in human life. This view has been widely rejected; but Christopher Janaway here argues that Plato's hostile case is a more coherent and a more profound challenge to the arts than has sometimes been supposed.

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Published date: 26 February 1995
Organisations: Philosophy

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Local EPrints ID: 397295
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397295
PURE UUID: 17dd4ca1-c966-4eda-a31e-06a484f2ee22
ORCID for Christopher Janaway: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9600-8837

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Date deposited: 05 Jul 2016 16:06
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 07:17

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