Ancient Philosophical Poetics (Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy)

Ancient Philosophical Poetics (Key Themes in Ancient Philosophy)

Malcolm Heath


what's poetry? Why do humans produce and devour it? What results does it have on them? Can it provide them perception into fact, or is it dangerously deceptive? This publication is a wide-ranging examine of the very diverse solutions which historical philosophers gave to such questions. a longer dialogue of Plato's Republic exhibits how the 2 discussions of poetry are built-in with one another and with the dialogue's principal topics. Aristotle's Poetics is learn within the context of his figuring out of poetry as a typical human behaviour and an intrinsically important part of an outstanding human lifestyles. chapters hint the improvement of the later Platonist culture from Plutarch to Plotinus, Longinus and Porphyry, exploring its highbrow bills to Epicurean, allegorical and Stoic methods to poetry. it will likely be crucial interpreting for classicists in addition to old philosophers and glossy philosophers of artwork and aesthetics.

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