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Mimesis And Psychological Change In Republic III

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According to a widespread interpretation, the conception of mimêsis described by Socrates in Republic III differs from the one he describes in Republic X. The two conceptions appear to be suited to the differing philosophical concerns of the discussions in which they appear. This chapter focuses on proper interpretation of Plato's views in Book III of the nature of artistic activity and of moral education. Socrates broaches the topic of mimesis in Book III after his lengthy discussion of the content of poetry suitable for educating the guardian class. The chapter then discusses issue of how, according to Plato, mimesis provides moral training.

Keywords: Mimesis; Plato; Republic III; Socrates



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