The Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 31, 2011 - Philosophy
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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 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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Socrates Plato and the Invention of the Ancient Quarrel
10
2 Aristotle Poetry and Ethics
32
3 Plotinus Augustine and Strange Sweetness
52
4 Boethius Dionysius and the Forms
86
5 Thomas and Some Thomists
106
6 Vicos New Science
125
7 Kant and His Students on the Genius of Nature
148
8 Hegel and the Owl of Minerva
168
A Poet Alas
189
Poetry and the Escape from Metaphysics
210
11 Nietzsche Heidegger and the Saving Power of Poetry
226
12 Mikhail Bakhtin and Novelistic Consciousness
254
Index
273
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Raymond Barfield is currently an associate professor in the Schools of Divinity, Nursing and Medicine at Duke University.

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