If aesthetics is the philosophical inquiry into art and beauty, the striking feature of Plato's dialogues is that he devotes so much time to both topics but treats them oppositely. Art, mostly as represented by poetry, is closer to a greatest danger than any other phenomenon Plato speaks of, while beauty is close to a greatest good. Can there be such a thing as “Plato's aesthetics” that contains both positions?
Perhaps Plato is better described as seeking to discover the vocabulary and issues of aesthetics...
Source : plato.stanford.edu
Via Yannick Kilberger