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“Beardsley’s booklet accomplishes to perfection what the author meant. It illuminates a space of historical past from a definite point of view as was once by no means performed prior to. . . . The distinguishing characteristic of his ebook is a n pleasure over every little thing I aesthetics that has to do with symbols, meanings, language, and modes of interpretation. And this pleasure has delivered to mild elements of the historical past f the topic by no means spotted ahead of, or at the very least, no longer so clearly.”

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Bury, 2 vols. (Loeb Library, London, 1926). Lysis, trans. W. R. M. Lamb -(Loeb Library, London, 1925). Phaedrus, trans. R. Hackforth (Cambridge, 1952). Philebus, trans. R. Hackforth as Plato's Examination of Pleasure (Cambridge, 1945). Republic, trans. F. M. Cornford (Oxford, 1941). Sophist, trans. F. M. Cornford as Plato's Theory of Knowledge (New York, 1935). Rupert C. Lodge, Plato's Theory of Art (London, 1953). Eric A. , 1963). 52 Aesthetics from Classical Greece to the Present Raphael Demos, The Philosophy of Plato (New York, 1939), chs.

Grey, "Art in the Republic," Philos XXVII (1952): 2913 10. Plato 53 Craig LaDriere, "The Problem of Plato's Ion," Jour Aesth and Art Crit X (Sept. 1951): 26-34. J. G. Warry, Greek Aesthetic Theory (New York, 1962), chs. 1-4. Evanghelos Moutsopoulos, La Musique dans l'oeuvre de Platon (Paris, 1959). E. Huber-Abrahamowicz, Das Problem der Kunst bei Platon (Winterthur, 1954). Julius Walter, Die Geschichte der ;fsthetik in Altertum (Leipzig, 1893). , but revised at some later date either by Aristotle or by an apt pupil.

Some of the Platonic doctrines set forth in the dialogues can with some confidence be said to have been taught by Socrates, but the situation is much less clear with the aesthetic theories, and scholars differ greatly. What we have to understand here is a body of ideas that were developed, perhaps in some part by Socrates, but certainly in large part by Plato himself. , and (2) the Sophist and Laws, written during the last fifteen years of his life (428/7-348/7), with the Phaedrus somewhere in between, but closer to the latter group.

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