Plato on the Philosophical Benefits of Musical Education

Naly Thaler*

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I argue that musical education in Plato's Republicis not aimed at developing a moral discriminatory faculty in the spirited part, but rather that its benefits are predominantly intellectual, and become fully apparent only at the philosophical stage of the guardians' education. In order to prove this point, I discuss the intellectual state which the guardians' philosophical education is meant to bring about, and then show why it is dependent on the earlier cognitive effects of musical education. Ultimately, I show that musical education allows guardians to provide a unified analysis of both culture and nature.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)410-435
Number of pages26
Issue number4
StatePublished - 11 Sep 2015

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  • Plato
  • Republic
  • art
  • education
  • epistemology


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