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Orphic law and the state without poetry

This article starts by asking why was poetry expelled from Plato's Republic. The question is interesting because it is commonly presumed that poetry is totally kept apart from the present state, at least from its rational core, the legal system. In this article poetry is first viewed in its aspects of imitation, enchantment and contradiction. Then all these aspects are considered from the point of view of Plato as a poet. In the end, the relation of poetry and state looks so different from how it appeared in the beginning that one could indeed talk about a certain Orphicism that underpins the legal mind.

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