On Mimetic Style in Plato's Republic

Philosophy and Rhetoric 45 (1):46-64 (2012)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In book 3 of his Republic, Plato has Socrates undertake an assessment of the educational curriculum that the city (which is being constructed by him in speech) will implement for its youth. Consequently we see that Socrates assigns to poetry a crucial importance; by their imitation of it, poetry shapes the citizens with an initial formation, casts them within a certain orientation, and places them on a path leading in an already conceived direction, toward some unarticulated good. Thus, in forming this city and the souls of its citizens, Socrates first conducts a censorship of the content of the formative myths of the city in an attempt to orchestrate a certain fail-safe against ambiguity and against falling off ..



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 84,152

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Plato's ethics and politics in the republic.Eric Brown - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Platonism, Moral Nostalgia and the City of Pigs.Rachel Barney - 2001 - Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium of Ancient Philosophy 17 (1):207-27.
Socrates' refutation of thrasymachus.Rachel Barney - 2006 - In Gerasimos Xenophon Santas (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Plato's Republic. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 44–62.
City and soul in Plato's Republic.G. R. F. Ferrari - 2003 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Philosophy as the Practice of Musical Inheritance: Book II of Plato’s Republic.Eric C. Sanday - 2007 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (2):305-317.
Plato’s Republic Revis(it)ed. [REVIEW]Luca Castagnoli - 2005 - The Classical Review 55 (01):55-.


Added to PP

44 (#289,634)

6 months
3 (#248,711)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

Greek Mathematical Thought and the Origin of Algebra.Jacob Klein, Eva Brann & J. Winfree Smith - 1969 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 20 (4):374-375.
An Introduction to Plato's Republic.Julia Annas - 1981 - New York: Oxford U.P..
The Socratic Elenchus.Gregory Vlastos - 1983 - Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 1:27-58.
Self-Knowledge in Plato's Phaedrus.Charles L. Griswold - 1986 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 24 (4):373-377.

View all 6 references / Add more references