The Philosophy of Poetry

2015.12.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Gibson (ed.), The Philosophy of Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2015, 253pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199603671
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2015.12.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Gibson (ed.), The Philosophy of Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2015, 253pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199603671 Reviewed by Ole Martin Skilleås, University of Bergen We all know that according to Plato's Socrates, there has been a long quarrel between philosophy and poetry. However, in recent years philosophers have embraced literature in ways unimaginable just a generation ago. Moral philosophers have mined the grand and not so grand narratives of the masters for what they have to say about matters moral and ethical, and philosophers of language and logic have shown a preference for illustrating their arguments with fictional works. Among the genres of literature, however, some have been more in favour than others, and poetry is not among them. Most of the work in the philosophy of literature, and the use of literature in other areas of philosophy, has been done with reference to works of fiction --. . .

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