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Ancient Philosophical Poetics (Key Themes in Ancient by Malcolm Heath

By Malcolm Heath

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

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