Plato versus Nehamas & Kant versus Hume

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In his work of the ‘Republic’, Plato is renowned for his extensive use of mimesis. His works have elicited a lot of controversial discussions on the validity and importance of mimesis in works of art.


Majority of critics in art and literature have not only been enthralled by Plato’s views on the ‘Republic’ but also questioned on the validity of mimesis in art. Other critics have opted to understand the reliability of Plato’s mimesis by criticizing his works. In his work on ‘Republic’, part three, Plato banishes some of the imitations used by Aristotle but agrees to their use in other ways of imitation of good men in the society. Contradictory, in ‘Republic 10’ he agrees to Socrates banishment of imitation of the ideal society.
Nehamas believes that Plato is unable to take a general stand on inclusion of mimesis in his works. At times, Plato is seen to imitate actions of people, sounds, dramatic events, and looks of people to bring out his messages and at times, he criticizes mimesis. Nehamas does not believe in imitation adding value to an ideal city. He argues that Plato may have lifted ideas of what he saw in pictures and translated these pictures. He gives an example of a settee which may be actual or just a fallacy.
Nehamas idea of mimesis as just a misleading notion of getting readers to study various works of art holds much evidence. Mimesis may not really be valid and reliable way of conveying themes in the society. ...
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