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Statesman, 283a4-8. 38 as the “due measure”51 or the “appropriate measure” (to metrion; 283e3) requires it to be. , auxiliary and proper causes—the mechanical causes so to speak. Were this the case, we could only measure the works of art—here the woven clothes— with one another just as we do with geometrical figures, calling this square bigger only in comparison to that one which is smaller. For geometrical figures have no specific, and thus no appropriate, size: they are what they are only due to their shape and, in that respect, they are all homogeneous.

Perfect squares—will never show a heterogeneity among them with respect to their “squareness,” with respect to their being squares: measuring squares will never reveal one of them as a better square. In contrast to geometrical figures, the works of art, whose beings necessarily take shape in time, are not only measured against one another but are also measured against 51. Klein’s translation (cf. 172). 39 something else, which the Stranger calls the appropriate measure. The appropriate measure is the thing with a view to which the produced work can be said to be “good and noble” (agatha kai kala; 284b2).

172). 39 something else, which the Stranger calls the appropriate measure. The appropriate measure is the thing with a view to which the produced work can be said to be “good and noble” (agatha kai kala; 284b2). This also means that, with respect to arts, the art of measurement reveals a heterogeneity that affects the being of the works themselves, for comparing the tightness or the size of two woven clothes does not only involve their being tighter and less tight or bigger and smaller, but it involves also the perception of such things as excess, deficiency, and appropriate measure with respect to the weaving itself.

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