Plato's Republic

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What is Plato's viewpoint on imitation in The Republic?

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To add to litteacher's answer, I would suggest that Plato essentially believed that "art imitated reality." This idea was not begun by Plato, nor was he the last to believe in it. That said, imitation does exist as the representation of an original.

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Plato said that art was imitation.  When an artist creates something, he is really imitating what is seen in nature.  When you draw or sculpt something, you are imitating the other.

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