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    Plato's argumentation against theatre and representation

    Plato is known mostly for his excellent argumentations which of course were fought back from his own student Aristotle.However,Plato's opinion for the theatre and the representers is very strict and sometimes odd.Plato claimed that the theatre is the destraction of the mind as it occurs to the expression of the feelings ONLY,as he believed.Plato was also against poetry,his representation was psychological.He was very concerned about the perversive role the poetry had in education.How can the poet teach since he doesnt know the truth?Continuing to the theatre,he considered it as "hubris"-disrespect to Gods and immoral as it doesnt include truth but only aesthetic distance and so on only emotions and not logic!
    Aristotle fought this argumentation with his own "catharsis",which means liberation of mind and soul!

    The same goes for tragic playwrights,then,since they are representers:they are two generations removed from the throne of truth and so are all of other representers. Plato
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    Any other thoughts?

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    I think Plato's theory of art is absurd. It relies on a tautological world view, which the Greeks believed in, but I certainly do not.
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