Question Nr. 26

Pla­to presents many ques­tions about the arts which will only be answered lat­er when Aris­to­tle founds the new branch of phi­los­o­phy, Aes­thet­ics. Pla­to’s most impor­tant book deal­ing with artist and audi­ence, Ion, is an inter­view with one of the ancient near-musi­cians called Rhap­sodists. What does Pla­to mean when he has this artist conclude:

If I make them cry I myself shall laugh, and if I make them laugh I myself shall cry, when the time of pay­ment arrives.