Objective: Ion One of the most important distinctions made in Ion is the difference between skill (techne in Greek) and inspiration. Socrates makes several judgments about both of these phenomena, but these conclusions can be confusing to students if they do not understand the initial difference between the two. The activities below are geared towards a full comprehension of the difference between artistic knowledge and inspired knowledge.
1) Class discussion: Ask students to give examples of different types of skills and the inspired knowledge that is required for the product of these skills to reach full fruition. Some example dichotomies to offer them could be: editing a piece of fiction vs. writing a creative story, building a house from raw materials vs. sketching an architectural plan, playing a musical score vs. writing a an original composition, and so on. It may also help to retrace conversation back to...
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