The Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry

The Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry

Raymond Barfield


From its beginnings, philosophy's language, ideas, and innovative development were seriously inspired via poetry and poets. Drawing at the paintings of quite a lot of thinkers during the heritage of western philosophy, Raymond Barfield explores the pervasiveness of poetry's impression on philosophy and, conversely, how philosophy has occasionally resisted or denied poetry's impact. even supposing a few thinkers, like Giambatista Vico and Nietzsche, praised the knowledge of poets, and observed poetry and philosophy as together valuable targets, others resented, lowered or eradicated the significance of poetry in philosophy. starting with the well-known the passage in Plato's Republic during which Socrates exiles the poets from the town, this ebook strains the heritage of the traditional quarrel among philosophy and poetry in the course of the works of thinkers within the Western culture starting from Plato to the paintings of the modern philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin. This new standpoint presents an illuminating method of analyzing philosophy that may be prolonged and utilized to different philosophers.

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