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Author Trivigno, Franco V., author.

Title Plato's Ion : poetry, expertise, and inspiration / Franco V. Trivigno
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (68 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge elements. Elements in ancient philosophy
Contents Introduction -- The opening scene -- The expertise model of poetic reception -- The inspiration model of poetic reception -- The problem of beauty -- The foolishness of ion -- The critical engagement model -- Conclusion
Summary This Element defends an interpretation of Plato's Ion on which its primary concern is with audience reception of poetry. The dialogue countenances and rejects two models of poetic reception, the expertise model and the inspiration model, both of which make the audience entirely passive in relation to poetry; and it presents the character of Ion as a comedic figure, a self-ignorant fool whose foolishness is a function of his passive relation to Homer. In the end, this Element argues that, for Plato, critical engagement is the proper way for audiences to treat poetry. This view holds open the possibility that poetry may express some truths without thereby endorsing the idea that poets are experts who have authoritative knowledge
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 02, 2020)
Subject Plato. Ion.
SUBJECT Ion (Plato) fast
Subject Poetry.
Poetry as Topic
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108581875