Plato s Defence of Poetry Book

Plato s Defence of Poetry


  • Author : Julius A. Elias
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1984-06-30
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 0873958071

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Plato s Defence of Poetry Excerpt :

Ignorant, irrational and irresponsible: these are the terms used by Plato when referring to poets. Yet the philosopher acknowledged that he was not insensible to the charms of poetry, and many would agree that Plato’s myths are themselves poetry of the very first rank. In Plato’s Defence of Poetry—the first full-scale treatment of the subject since 1905—Julius A. Elias demonstrates that Plato offers a defence of poetry in response to his own famous challenge. This study restores the myths to their proper place in the Platonic corpus by showing their methodological relationship to the dialectic and their substantive connection to Plato’s theories of knowledge, ethics, politics, and aesthetics. While agreeing that for Plato, poetry must be harnessed to the service of truth and socially desirable values, Elias shows that poetry is indispensable to the philosopher: when the audience would reject a more obviously didactic approach, poetry makes accessible and palatable truths demonstrable by reason. Furthermore—and this is the most novel and important feature of this study—Elias argues that the myths embody the indemonstrable axioms of Plato’s system. Plato was aware that in every system, including mathematics, certain fundamental presuppositions necessarily remain unproven. Rather than assert them dogmatically, Plato expresses these undercurrents poetically so as to capture their emotional persuasiveness while defining their relevance. In Plato’s Defence of Poetry, the myths themselves are interpreted afresh in light of these claims.

An Apologie for Poetrie  1595 Book

An Apologie for Poetrie 1595


  • Author : Philip Sidney
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1868
  • Genre: Middle East
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : ONB:+Z256535909

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A Defence of Poetry Book

A Defence of Poetry


  • Author : Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1904
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 90
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:32044024176992

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An Apology For Poetry  Or The Defence Of Poesy  Book

An Apology For Poetry Or The Defence Of Poesy


  • Author : Philip Sidney
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release Date : 2002-10-04
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN 10 : 0719053765

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An Apology For Poetry Or The Defence Of Poesy Excerpt :

An Apology for Poetry (or The Defence of Poesy), by the celebrated soldier-poet Sir Philip Sidney, is the most important work of literary theory published in the Renaissance. Its wit and inventiveness place it among the first great literary productions of the age of Shakespeare. Since 1965 Geoffrey Shepherd's edition of the Apology has been the standard, and this revision of Shepherd's edition, with a new introduction and extensive notes, is designed to introduce Sidney's best-known work to a new generation of readers at the beginning of thetwenty-first century.Unfamiliar words and phrases are glossed, classical and other references explained, and difficult passages analysed in detail. This greatly expanded edition will be of value to all those interested in the Renaissance, from students and teachers at school and university to the inquisitive general reader.

Plato on Art and Beauty Book

Plato on Art and Beauty


  • Author : Alison Denham
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2012-03-29
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 9780230368187

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Plato on Art and Beauty Excerpt :

This unique collection of essays focuses on various aspects of Plato's Philosophy of Art, not only in The Republic , but in the Phaedrus, Symposium, Laws and related dialogues. The range of issues addressed includes the contest between philosophy and poetry, the moral status of music, the love of beauty, censorship, motivated emotions.

Plato and the Poets Book

Plato and the Poets


  • Author : Pierre Destrée
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2011-03-21
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004201835

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Plato and the Poets Excerpt :

The nineteen essays presented here aim to illuminate the ways poetry and the poets are discussed by Plato throughout his writing career. As well as throwing new light on old topics, such as mimesis and poetic inspiration, the volume introduces fresh approaches to Plato’s philosophy of poetry and literature.

In Praise of Plato s Poetic Imagination Book

In Praise of Plato s Poetic Imagination


  • Author : Sonja Tanner
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2010-04-12
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 0739143409

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In Praise of Plato s Poetic Imagination Excerpt :

This book examines the role Plato accords to imagination in the ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy. Claiming that the function of imagination evokes a realm of praxis within Plato's dialogues heretofore largely unrecognized, this book offers an interpretation of Plato that challenges the more orthodox view in which poetry and the arts are denigrated, and indeed, seen as eradicable from the dialogues altogether.

A History of Literary Criticism Book

A History of Literary Criticism


  • Author : M. A. R. Habib
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2008-04-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 848
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405148849

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A History of Literary Criticism Excerpt :

This comprehensive guide to the history of literary criticism from antiquity to the present day provides an authoritative overview of the major movements, figures, and texts of literary criticism, as well as surveying their cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts. Supplies the cultural, historical and philosophical background to the literary criticism of each era Enables students to see the development of literary criticism in context Organised chronologically, from classical literary criticism through to deconstruction Considers a wide range of thinkers and events from the French Revolution to Freud’s views on civilization Can be used alongside any anthology of literary criticism or as a coherent stand-alone introduction

Plato and Postmodernism Book

Plato and Postmodernism


  • Author : Steven Shankman
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2009-08-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9781606088098

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Plato and Postmodernism Excerpt :

An inquiry into the clash, or confluence, of the oldest and newest stream of Western philosophical tradition: Hellenic rationalism and its nemesis, poststructuralism. Ten superb scholars from several disciplines engage the ultimate issues of literary theory. An indispensable book. Complete with a comprehensive bibliography, index of names and index of subjects. Contributors: Harry Berger Jr. Page duBois David M. Halperin Djelal Kadir Linda Kintz Sharon Larisch Louis Orsini Steven Shankman Douglass H. Thomson Eugene Webb

Myth and Philosophy in Plato s Phaedrus Book

Myth and Philosophy in Plato s Phaedrus


  • Author : Daniel S. Werner
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-07-09
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781139536707

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Myth and Philosophy in Plato s Phaedrus Excerpt :

Plato's dialogues frequently criticize traditional Greek myth, yet Plato also integrates myth with his writing. Daniel S. Werner confronts this paradox through an in-depth analysis of the Phaedrus, Plato's most mythical dialogue. Werner argues that the myths of the Phaedrus serve several complex functions: they bring nonphilosophers into the philosophical life; they offer a starting point for philosophical inquiry; they unify the dialogue as a literary and dramatic whole; they draw attention to the limits of language and the limits of knowledge; and they allow Plato to co-opt cultural authority as a way of defining and legitimating the practice of philosophy. Platonic myth, as a species of traditional tale, is thus both distinct from philosophical dialectic and similar to it. Ultimately, the most powerful effect of Platonic myth is the way in which it leads readers to participate in Plato's dialogues and to engage in a process of self-examination.

In Search of the Classic Book

In Search of the Classic


  • Author : Steven Shankman
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2010-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780271043197

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In Search of the Classic Excerpt :

The &"classical,&" Steven Shankman argues, should not be confused with a particular historical period of Western antiquity, although it may owe its original articulation to the literary and philosophical explorations of ancient Greek authors. Shankman's book searches for and attempts to formulate the shape of the continuing presence&—as embodied in particular literary works mainly from Western antiquity and the neoclassical and modern periods&—of what the author calls a &"classical&" understanding of literature. For Shankman, literature, defined from a classical perspective, is a coherent, compelling, and rationally defensible representation that resists being reduced either to the mere recording of material reality or to the bare exemplification of an abstract philosophical precept. He derives his definition largely from his reading of Greek literature from Homer through Plato, from the history of literary criticism, and from the Greco-Roman tradition in English, American, and French literature. Shankman reveals unsuspected yet convincing connections among authors of such widely disparate times and places. His idea of the &"classic&" that authorizes these connections is presented as normative, thus making possible the evaluation of literary works and, in turn, forthright discussion of what constitutes the &"literary&" as distinct from other kinds of discourse. Shankman's study runs counter to a strong tendency of contemporary criticism that argues precisely against any distinct category of the &"literary.&" He offers a series of interpretations that cumulatively advance theoretical discussion by challenging scholars to rethink the critical paradigms of postmodernism. At the center of the book is a discussion of the quintessentially classic Val&éry poem Le Cimeti&ère marin and the classic qualities it shares with Pindar's third Pythian ode, from which Val&éry derives the epigraph for his poem.

An Essay of Dramatic Poesy Book

An Essay of Dramatic Poesy


  • Author : John Dryden
  • Publisher : Oxford : Clarendon Press
  • Release Date : 1889
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 141
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:$B272452

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The Poetics of Aristotle Book

The Poetics of Aristotle


  • Author : Aristotle
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2017-03-07
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 82
  • ISBN 10 : 1544217579

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The Poetics of Aristotle Excerpt :

In it, Aristotle offers an account of what he calls "poetry" (a term which in Greek literally means "making" and in this context includes drama - comedy, tragedy, and the satyr play - as well as lyric poetry and epic poetry). They are similar in the fact that they are all imitations but different in the three ways that Aristotle describes: 1. Differences in music rhythm, harmony, meter and melody. 2. Difference of goodness in the characters. 3. Difference in how the narrative is presented: telling a story or acting it out. In examining its "first principles," Aristotle finds two: 1) imitation and 2) genres and other concepts by which that of truth is applied/revealed in the poesis. His analysis of tragedy constitutes the core of the discussion. Although Aristotle's Poetics is universally acknowledged in the Western critical tradition, "almost every detail about his seminal work has aroused divergent opinions."

Plato s Dialectic at Play Book

Plato s Dialectic at Play


  • Author : Kevin Corrigan
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-29
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780271075587

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Plato s Dialectic at Play Excerpt :

The Symposium is one of Plato’s most accessible dialogues, an engrossing historical document as well as an entertaining literary masterpiece. By uncovering the structural design of the dialogue, Plato’s Dialectic at Play aims at revealing a Plato for whom the dialogical form was not merely ornamentation or philosophical methodology but the essence of philosophical exploration. His dialectic is not only argument; it is also play. Careful analysis of each layer of the text leads cumulatively to a picture of the dialogue’s underlying structure, related to both argument and myth, and shows that a dynamic link exists between Diotima’s higher mysteries and the organization of the dialogue as a whole. On this basis the authors argue that the Symposium, with its positive theory of art contained in the ascent to the Beautiful, may be viewed as a companion piece to the Republic, with its negative critique of the role of art in the context of the Good. Following Nietzsche’s suggestion and applying criteria developed by Mikhail Bakhtin, they further argue for seeing the Symposium as the first novel. The book concludes with a comprehensive reevaluation of the significance of the Symposium and its place in Plato’s thought generally, touching on major issues in Platonic scholarship: the nature of art, the body-soul connection, the problem of identity, the relationship between mythos and logos, Platonic love, and the question of authorial writing and the vanishing signature of the absent Plato himself.