• Audience Psychology and Censorship in Plato’s Republic

    Author(s):
    Sarah Ruth Jansen (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Ancient philosophy, Moral psychology, Plato
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6K649S5F
    Abstract:
    In Republic X, the “problem of the irrational part” is this: Greek tragedy interacts with non-reasoning elements of the soul, affecting audiences in ways that undermine their reasoned views about virtue and value. I suggest that the common construal of Socrates’s critique of Greek tragedy is inadequate, in that it belies key elements of Plato’s audience psychology; specifically, the crucial role of the spirited part and the audience’s cognitive contribution to spectatorship. I argue that Socrates’s emphasis on the audience’s cognitive contribution to spectatorship allows him to anticipate a non-authoritarian solution to the problem of the irrational part.
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