Plato in The Republic was cognizant of the role of in realizing his vision of a. For him, the admixture of music and poetry makes a good curriculum for the education of the citizens. However, the mimetic experience brought about by their mingling encourages variety and multiplicity, and thereby distracts one from participating in the immutable forms. Seen against the backdrop of the animating theme of his opus, i.e. justice, as â€œdoing oneâ€™s own workâ€, Plato banishes art due to its inability to confine itself to an epÎ³Î¿Î½ despite being a powerful force in the formation of the. This estrangement of art which has turned into the prevailing spirit in the history of Western art from its place of contact with the public makes the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben (1942) in The Man Without Content (1970) look with melancholy at a time when the artist and his works still held â€œthe wonderful and uncanny power of making the world appear, of producing being and the world in the workâ€. Inquiring into the nature and function of art after the exclusion of the artists from the luogo comune, Agamben takes the task of throwing light on the â€œplanet that turns toward us only its dark sideâ€ hoping to see its return one day.