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Mimesis
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[German Version]

is both “imitation” and “representation.” For example, when someone is said to destroy his life through mimesis of a tyrant (Plato Gorg. 511a), the former is meant; when the sculptor is said to produce the mimesis of a body (Hippocrates, DK 22, C 1,29), the reference is to the latter. The term is philosophically significant for Plato because of both meanings. Although Plato adopted the term from the theory of music, it did not have primary significance in the philosophy of art. But in reference to art…

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Figal, Günter, “Mimesis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_14126>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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