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Myth, Madness, Pleasure, and Play

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/10.1093/0198237928.003.0008
 Myth, Madness, Pleasure, and Play

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In works later than the Republic, Plato continues to pursue many of the themes so far discussed in the book. In Phaedrus, he addresses issues concerned with rhetoric, poetry, and inspiration, seeming to give a more positive account. It is argued that his view is, however, not radically different from that taken in the Republic. Other later dialogues contain systematic discussions of mimesis and techne. The late dialogue Laws revisits the question of the place of the arts in the life of a community.

Keywords: arts; inspiration; Laws; mimesis; Phaedrus; Plato; poetry; techne

Chapter.  11073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient Philosophy

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