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Single Idea 316

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 8. The Arts / a. Music]

Full Idea

Music has harmonic motions like the orbits of the soul, and is not for irrational pleasure, but to reduce to order any disharmony in the revolutions within us.

Gist of Idea

Music has harmony like the soul, and serves to reorder disharmony within us


Plato (Timaeus [c.349 BCE], 47d)

Book Reference

Plato: 'Timaeus and Critias', ed/tr. Lee,Desmond [Penguin 1971], p.65