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The Fire and the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists. Based Upon the Romanes Lecture

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Based on the Romanes lectures by iris Murdoch
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 19th 1978 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1976)
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Christina "6 word reviewer" Lake
Delicious book, perversely out of print.
Alice Watkins
May 31, 2015 Alice Watkins rated it really liked it
This was one of the only books in the library that referenced Plato's view of art and aesthetics in general, and it didn't fail to provide a lot of depth and detail in its analysis. This isn't a book I'd recommend to someone new to Plato's philosophy, but in that way it wastes less time explaining basic concepts and focuses on what's important in terms of aesthetics. It sometimes repeats itself, but it soon found its way to get back on track pretty quickly. Definitely would recommend to those ...more
Mark Valentine
Feb 28, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it liked it
Murdoch's erudite monograph impresses me first by her command and control of the field--she had a fluent grasp of Plato and tours through his works with ease. Second, she leaves no doubt about the status of the arts in relation to the sheer beauty of rational contemplation of the reality of logic.
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Jun 16, 2007 Tudor rated it it was amazing
A very well written and argued account of Plato's hesitation to artists.The central unifying theme is that Plato holds that artists deceive through imitation and there is something both immoral and sacrilegious about the deception.
Jane
Jun 29, 2007 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puts a new twist on Plato's analogy of the artist as deceiver & master of light entertainment. Murdoch shifts the perspective, bringing light on the human need for narrative and focusing less on the means to that end.
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Dame Jean Iris Murdoch

Irish-born British writer, university lecturer and prolific and highly professional novelist, Iris Murdoch dealt with everyday ethical or moral issues, sometimes in the light of myths. As a writer, she was a perfectionist who did not allow editors to change her text. Murdoch produced 26 novels in 40 years, the last written while she was suffering from Alzheimer disease.

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