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The Philosophy of Poetry [electronic resource]

edited by John Gibson
Format
EBook; Book; Online
Published
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780199603671 (hbk.), 0199603677 (hbk.)
Summary
In recent years philosophers have produced important books on nearly all the major arts: the novel and painting, music and theatre, dance and architecture, conceptual art and even gardening. Poetry is the sole exception. This is an astonishing omission, one this collection of original essays will correct. If contemporary philosophy still regards metaphors such as 'Juliet is the sun' as a serious problem, one has an acute sense of how prepared it is to make philosophical and aesthetic sense of poems such W. B. Yeats's 'The Second Coming', Sylvia Plath's 'Daddy', or Paul Celan's 'Todesfuge'. The Philosophy of Poetry brings together philosophers of art, language, and mind to expose and address the array of problems poetry raises for philosophy. In doing so it lays the foundation for a proper philosophy of poetry, setting out the various puzzles and paradoxes that future work in the field will have to address. Given its breadth of approach, the volume is relevant not only to aesthetics but to all areas of philosophy concerned with meaning, truth, and the communicative and expressive powers of language more generally. Poetry is the last unexplored frontier in contemporary analytic aesthetics, and this volume offers a powerful demonstration of how central poetry should be to philosophy
Contents
  • List of contributors. Introduction, the place of poetry in contemporary aesthetics / John Gibson
  • Semantic finegrainedness and poetic value / Peter Lamarque
  • The dense and the transparent, reconciling opposites / Ronald de Sousa
  • Poetic opacity, how to paint things with words / Jesse Prinz and Eric Mandelbaum
  • Unreadable poems and how they mean / Sherri Irvin
  • Can an analytic philosopher read poetry? / Simon Blackburn
  • The spoken and the written, an ontology of poems / Anna Christina Soy Ribeiro
  • Poetry and truth / Roger Scruton
  • Poetry's knowing, so what do we know? / Angela Leighton
  • Ethical estrangement, pictures, poetry, and epistemic value / Alison Denham
  • The inner paradise / Tzachi Zamir
  • "To think exactly and courageously," poetry, Ingeborg Bachmann's poetics, and her Bohemia poem / Richard Eldridge
  • Index
Description
Mode of access: World wide Web.
Notes
Includes bibliographic references and index.
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