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Mimēsis

Christopher Janaway

in Images of Excellence

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237921
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597800 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237928.003.0006
 Mimēsis

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Gives an analysis of the concept of mimesis, which in Book 10 of the Republic emerges as a wider concept of artistic representation, applicable to poetry and the visual arts. The practitioner of mimesis makes no real thing, for Plato, but only the image or appearance of a thing of some kind. The chapter also argues that there is no need to believe that Plato limits the arts to a crude or mechanical copying or to the making of literal illusions.

Keywords: artistic representation; mimesis; Plato; poetry; Republic; visual arts

Chapter.  13188 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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