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By Christopher Janaway

This unique new e-book argues for a reassessment of Plato's problem to the humanities. Plato used to be the 1st nice determine in Western philosophy to evaluate the worth of the humanities; he argued within the Republic that characteristically authorised types of poetry, drama, and song are unsound. whereas this view has been generally rejected, Janaway argues that Plato's adversarial case is a extra coherent and profound problem to the humanities than has occasionally been intended. Denying that Plato advocates "good artwork" in any smooth experience, Janaway seeks either to appreciate Plato's critique within the context of his personal philosophy and to find him in modern day philosophy of paintings, exhibiting how concerns in aesthetics come up from responses to his charges.

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