The Philosophy of Poetry

Hardcover | June 14, 2015

EditorJohn Gibson

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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 essayswill 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 fieldwill 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 analyticaesthetics, and this volume offers a powerful demonstration of how central poetry should be to philosophy.

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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 essayswill correct. If contemporary philosophy stil...

John Gibson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville. His research focuses on topics in the philosophy of literature and aesthetics. He is the author of Fiction and the Weave of Life (OUP, 2007) and coeditor of Narrative, Emotion and Insight (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011), The Literary Wittgenst...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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John Gibson: Introduction1. Peter Lamarque: Semantic Finegrainedness and Poetic Value2. Ronald de Sousa: The Dense and the Transparent: Reconciling Opposites3. Jesse Prinz and Eric Mandelbaum: Poetic Opacity: How to Paint Things with Words4. Sherri Irvin: Unreadable Poems and How They Mean5. Simon Blackburn: Can an Analytic Philosopher Read Poetry?6. Anna Christina Soy Ribeiro: The Spoken and the Written: An Ontology of Poetic Works7. Roger Scruton: Poetry and Truth8. Angela Leighton: Poetry's Knowing: So What Do We Know?9. Alison Denham: Celan's Song: Pictures, Poetry, and Epistemic Value10. Tzachi Zamir: The Inner Paradise11. Richard Eldridge: 'To Think Exactly and Courageously': Poetry, Ingeborg Bachmann's Poetics, and her Bohemia PoemIndex