The quarrel between philosophy and poetry

Reviewed by Richard Eldridge, Swarthmore College Barfield undertakes to survey, compare, and assess i various conceptions of what he regards as poetry's founding influence on philosophy, centered in poetry's expressions of wonder and of experiences of the divine, and ii philosophy's various self-definitions against that influence, via resistance, counterargumentation, and appropriation. The project is carried out in 12 chapters, each on one or two major figures from the history of philosophy: In each chapter, the focus is on how the various philosophers discussed specifically comment on, resist, accept but refigure, or argue about poetry's putative insights.

The quarrel between philosophy and poetry

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Without recognizing that every philosopher, at some level, is a man of faith, it is impossible to create a level playing field for competing world views.

The principle of valid faith is also the guarantee of intellectual freedom, for faith is the free element in thoughtthe complement to logic which is the necessary element.

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Finally, only by accepting the notion that faith is necessary to philosophy can the theist and the atheist maintain their contrary positions without losing intellectual respect for one another.

The inability of the human race, including many of its most brilliant and famous minds, to reach a consensus about these and other crucially important matters suggests to me that the Enlightenment should be amended and extended along the following lines.

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Magee wants philosophy to shed light on questions that have engrossed and tormented him from childhood, especially the problem of mortality. With such a motivation, it is not surprising that he has many harsh things to say about modern philosophy and philosophers.

He reserves his sharpest criticism for the school in which he was immersed when he attented Oxford in the s, the school known as linguistic philosophy or linguistic analysis. Logical positivism, by then on the wane, also receives much critical attention.

The quarrel between philosophy and poetry

Kant, Schopenhauer, Russell and Popper come in for detailed and mostly favourable consideration. What I think is best about the book is his persuasive case for the bankruptcy of the analytic tradition, a tradition that in one form or another has dominated the English speaking world since Hume.

But he has no love for Continental philosophy, most of which falls beneath his contempt. Magee is not a professional philosopher, but his life-long and practical interest in the great questions probably makes him better equiped than most academics to lead the layman through the maze of this endlessly controverted subject.Plato certainly thought that matters of the greatest importance hang in the balance, as is clear from the famous statement that “there is an old quarrel between philosophy and poetry” (Republic, b5–6).

In his dialogues, both this quarrel and the related quarrel between philosophy and rhetoric amount to clashes between comprehensive world-views—those of philosophy on the one hand, and of poetry or .

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Free business-day shipping within the U.S. when you order $25 of eligible items sold or fulfilled by Amazon. To understand why such a quarrel took place at Cassiciacum in the first place and why augustine thought it important to include in his earliest writings as a Christian believer, i first offer an overview of the conflict between philosophy and poetry as described in Plato’s Republic.

The Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry Published: September 01, Raymond Barfield, The Ancient Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry, Cambridge University Press, , pp., $ (hbk), ISBN

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