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The Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry

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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107677845

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  • From its beginnings, philosophy's language, concepts, and imaginative growth have been heavily influenced by poetry and poets. Drawing on the work of a wide range of thinkers throughout the history of western philosophy, Raymond Barfield explores the pervasiveness of poetry's impact on philosophy and, conversely, how philosophy has sometimes resisted or denied poetry's influence. Although some thinkers, like Giambatista Vico and Nietzsche, praised the wisdom of poets, and saw poetry and philosophy as mutually beneficial pursuits, others resented, diminished or eliminated the importance of poetry in philosophy. Beginning with the famous the passage in Plato's Republic in which Socrates exiles the poets from the city, this book traces the history of the ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry through the works of thinkers in the Western tradition ranging from Plato to the work of the contemporary thinker Mikhail Bakhtin. This new perspective provides an illuminating way of reading philosophy that can be extended and applied to other philosophers.

    • Provides a unique and innovative approach to reading philosophy that can be applied to other philosophical thinkers
    • Draws on the whole sweep of Western philosophy to address poetry's influence on philosophy
    • Written in non-technical language that does not require a specialised background
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107677845
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Socrates, Plato and the invention of the ancient quarrel
    2. Aristotle, poetry and ethics
    3. Plotinus, Augustine and strange sweetness
    4. Boethius, Dionysius and the forms
    5. Thomas, and some Thomists
    6. Vico's new science
    7. Kant and his students on the genius of nature
    8. Hegel and the owl of Minerva
    9. Kierkegaard: a poet, alas
    10. Dilthey: poetry and the escape from metaphysics
    11. Nietzsche, Heidegger and the saving power of poetry
    12. Mikhail Bakhtin and novelistic consciousness.

  • Author

    Raymond Barfield, Duke University, North Carolina
    Raymond Barfield is currently an associate professor in the Schools of Divinity, Nursing and Medicine at Duke University.

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