The aesthetic value of music in Platonic thought

TitleThe aesthetic value of music in Platonic thought
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRocconi, E
EditorSluiter, I, Rosen, RM
Ancient AuthorsPlato Phil. (TLG 0059)
Book TitleAesthetic value in Classical antiquity
PublisherKoninklijke Brill NV
CityLeiden; Boston

Though being famous for his censorship on poetry and music, Plato influenced to a great extent the birth and growth of modern philosophical inquiry into art and beauty (which we nowadays call ‘aesthetics’), putting important premises for subsequent developments of theoretical speculation on these topics. In this paper the author goes through the most relevant passages in Platonic writings (especially Laws Book 2) identifying Plato’s aesthetic concerns in reference to music and evaluating them within their context, in order to see ‘if’ and ‘to what extent’ he looked into the possibility of appreciating the qualities of musical compositions independently from their educational usage. [Eleonora Rocconi]

DOI 10.1163/9789004232822_006

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