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Art and Truth after Plato$
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Tom Rockmore

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226040028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226040165.001.0001

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Art and Truth after Plato

Tom Rockmore

University of Chicago Press

This book addresses anew the old question, often neglected in contemporary aesthetic debates, about art and truth, or art and cognition. A central thesis of this book is that the question remains to be resolved, and that taken as a whole, later Western aesthetic tradition counts as an ongoing effort to formulate a successful anti-Platonic analysis of art and art objects of the most varied kinds. Early in the Western tradition, Plato focused on the relation of art and truth in inventing an early form of aesthetics. There is little attention given to the Platonic view that philosophers, who alone know reality, are the true artists, but the Platonic attack on artistic representation has been hugely influential in Western aesthetics. The post-Platonic Western aesthetic tradition can be read as a series of responses to the Platonic attack on the relation of art and truth.

Keywords:   cognition, art, truth, western aesthetic tradition, aesthetics, artistic representation

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