Plato’s Philosophical Critique of Art

Most philosophers have expressed their views on Art as if they were the best qualified to pronounce on the value and quality of artworks. Plato falls into a unique category as he dismissed art despite the fact that his dialogues have been universally recognised as literary masterpieces. But would their author have accepted such a posthumous accolade? As a citizen of Athens, born one year after the completion of the Parthenon in 438 BC, he could not have remained indifferent ...