Volume 61, 2018
Philosophy of Religion
Rose Maisy (Rosemary) Rowe
Mimesis: An Effective Method to Assist in Forming Moral Character (with Specific Reference to Plato’s Republic, 3:395c-d; Paul 1,
This paper explores ‘mimesis’ not as an abstract concept, but as a practical method assisting in the formation of ethical character. The topic is located specifically in Plato’s Republic 395c-d, Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians 1:5-6. Additional references to ‘mimesis’ are made in the respective works, which either clarify or expand its operation. The topic is explored in three steps: a brief history of the tradition behind ‘mimesis’; the context of Plato’s Republic, Book 3; Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.