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Week 4  Plato And Art

Week 4 Plato And Art






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    • PLATO (427-347 B.C.): attacks the arts of his days (epic poets and dramatists) in The Republic . ( Text and Illustrations by Donald Palmer, Does the Center Hold?: An Introduction to Western Philosophy, CA, Mayfield, 1991) Plato and the Arts
    • The great poets of Greece (for example, Homer)  produce bad fictions– false stories that have bad effects on their listeners.  create a fear of death. The arts should be censored!!! Source: John Fisher, Reflecting on Art , California: Mayfield, 1993)
    • Plato’s Ontological Objection :  Art is imitation (mimesis)  Art imitates the world as it appears, not the world as it is.  Art is a copy of “particular objects” which are themselves copies of higher things”  Art is in the realm of ‘images’, an illusion.
    • House of Deception
    • The function of art is to deceive. From reality (the Forms)  / toward illusion (images) 
    • Some arts might be justifiable.
    • Plato’s Epistemological Objection  The work of art does not give us any knowledge of the world  The artists do not know what they are doing.
    • Plato’s Moral Objection  The pursuit of knowledge is the pursuit of the Good, and if art produces ignorance, then art is immoral.  Art seems to focus on the flaws in human and divine nature (showing great men and gods doing immoral things)  Art does not appeal to the highest faculty of the soul, Pure reason.
      • Homer and Greek Tragedies
      • Zeus cheats on his wife.
      • Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War says that it is better to be a live coward than a dead hero
    • Art appeals to the senses and the desire for pleasure rather than to reason and the desire for knowledge.
    • “ Just get out of here!!! “