The Fire & the Sun. Why Plato banished the artists. Based upon the Roman Lecture 1976.
Oxford University Press, Oxford (...), 1978. Reprint 1st ed.1977. 89p. Cloth wrps. Wrps yellowed. 'This essay is as illuminating as it is obscure. It is about the relation between the sensible and the intelligibel worlds (the fire and the sun of the Simile of the Cave), and about the role that art can play as a mediator between sensibility and reason. (...) The essay aims to improve one's understanding rather than one's knowledge. There is little exegetical novelty, anhow on points of detail, in Miss Murdoch's account of Plato's views, which is on the whole traditionalist. But the picture of the developement of the Theory of Forms is individual and striking. Plato moves from a belief in perfect particulars, through the high status given to psuchē in the 'Sophist', to 'the great uncreated Particulars' (p.55) which play the role of the Father (the cosmos being the Son, and the Demiurge the Holy Ghost) in the Trinity of the 'Timaeus'. (I.M. CROMBIE in The Classical Review (New Series), 1979, pp.76-77).