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The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry: Studies in Ancient Thought Reprint Edition

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The book is a highwire performance . . . the utterance of a voice quite distinctive in contemporary writing on ancient philosophy. -- Malcolm Schofield, Phronesis
It is exciting to work through a book that offers a spark of light and a challenge to the reader on almost every page. These trenchant essays deserve and repay careful study. -- Benjamin Gibbs, The British Journal for Aesthetics
Professor Rosen throughout these different studies . . . combines the rigor of philological study and the esprit de finesse, which . . . essentially characterize the true philosopher. -- Jacques Follon, Philosophie de l'Antiquite
This collection of essays is a welcome addition to the ever increasing body of work by Stanley Rosen . . . Rosen's essays are unified, not only by their focus on Plato and Aristotle, but by the theme announced in the book's title . . . To his enormous credit, Rosen never shies away from confronting the most demanding and important of questions. The result is . . . invigorating. -- Ancient Philosophy
[This]. . . intellectually rich collection of essays provide[s] us with further proof, if such were needed, that Stanley Rosen is one of our age's best interpreters of the classical philosophers. -- David J. Levy, The Salisbury Review
Whether in agreement or disagreement one finds himself thinking new thoughts, exploring new paths. -- International Studies in Philosophy

About the Author

Stanley Rosen is Evan Pugh Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (March 27, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415907454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415907453
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Rosen's treatment of the tensions characterising the historical 'quarrel' between philosophy and poetry is incontestably brilliant and rigorous, some might find his specialised lexicon a bit daunting. For those with no prior philosophical background (and little Greek), reflections such as the following might seem indecipherable:
'In discussing the difference between aisthesis and episteme, Aristotle says: ton kath' hekaston he kat' energeian aisthesis, he d'espisteme ton katholou; tauta d'en autei pos esti tei phsychei.' (Rosen: 1988: 123)
Ostensibly subtitled 'Studies in Ancient Thought', Rosen does not limit himself to Plato, Aristotle and Socrates (via the former two). While the ancient Greek philosophers do dominate six of ten chapters, Rosen also treats us to a section on 'modern' developments (Enlightenment onward) of the ancient quarrel between the expressions of poetry and philosophy (notably in Chapter 2: 'Philosophy and Revolution'). Rosen also takes up a specific discussion of Heidegger and Nietzsche's respective interpretations of Plato in the latter chapters of the book.
I was generally quite impressed with the density and scope of Rosen's treatment of this complex and difficult subject. I would highly recommend this work to anyone interested in a specialised discussion of the nature of philosophy and poetry.
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