Few other semantic fields pervade Plato’s oeuvre, from the earliest to the latest works, in such a defining and ambivalent way as that of mimesis.
Starting with a colloquial usage in the early dialogues, the concept progressively gains significance, reflected not only in a quantitative increase of its use but especially in the large array of topics with which it is related. From considerations in the philosophy of language in the Cratylos to the critique of poetry and the ethical-psychological enquiry in the Republic, from the ontological analysis of the sophist in the homonymous dialogue and the cosmological myth of the Timaeus to the political thoughts in the Politicus and, finally, the musical and theological issues in the Laws: in all these very different subject areas, the semantics of mimesis obtain a central function and are, at the same time, evaluated very differently.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Alte Aula (2.-3.5.) und Alte Burse Raum X (4.-5.5.), University of Tübingen (Tübingen, Germany)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Julia Pfefferkorn; Antonino Spinelli
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