The rest can be found here.
“From Plato to New York Mayor Rudolf Giuliani, influential people through the centuries and across cultures have worried about the power of the arts to influence, and potentially to corrupt…”
Giulani and Plato?
“His problem (Plato’s) with the arts was that they operated by images rather than by ideas, and thus that they might cloud the truth rather than clarifying it.“
Yes, and religious traditions, for example, also have interpretations of how one ought to reproduce the image…a lot of their thinking has roots in Plato.
“Whatever one thinks of Plato’s solution to this problem, I suggest that this is one of the problems that elicited his proposals for severe censorship of the arts he so obviously loved and had been trained in.”
Is there any way to discuss what we ought to be exposed and free to do without a discussion of morality? moral philosophy? and so often…moralism?
See Also: Some paintings Saddam kept in a safehouse.