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XIII — From painters to poets: Plato’s methods in Republic X

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Throughout much of the critique of poetry in Republic X, Socrates exploits a parallel between painting and poetry. I argue there are two distinct methods at work here, the ‘similarity’ and ‘heuristic’ methods. The first uses painting to discover the general definition of mimesis, which is then swiftly applied to poetry. The second describes certain features of painting before using independent arguments to show that these also apply to poetry. That Socrates sometimes uses the parallel in this...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1093/arisoc/aow017

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Department:
Lady Margaret Hall
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Journal website
Volume:
116
Issue:
3
Pages:
289-309
Publication date:
2016-12-15
Acceptance date:
2016-06-23
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EISSN:
1467-9264
ISSN:
0066-7374
Pubs id:
pubs:638877
URN:
uri:82ddc2e0-303d-481f-81da-2c76f968c76e
UUID:
82ddc2e0-303d-481f-81da-2c76f968c76e
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pubs:638877
Paper number:
3

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