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[667b] let us try to supply it to those men who, as we said, are ashamed of the latter, yet are eager to take a part in that music which is noblest.


1 Now, in the first place, must it not be true of everything which possesses charm as its concomitant, that its most important element is either this charm in itself, or some form of correctness, or, thirdly, utility? For instance, meat and drink and nutriment in general have, as I say, for concomitant that charm which we should term pleasure;

1 The following passage (down to 669 B) deals with the considerations of which a competent judge must take account in the sphere of music and art. He must have regard to three things—“correctness” (the truth of the copy to the original), moral effect or “utility,” and “charm” or pleasure. Though this last, by itself, is no criterion of artistic excellence, it is a natural “concomitant” (in the mind of the competent judge) when the work of art in question possesses a high degree of both “utility” and “correctness.”

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