1st Edition

The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry Studies in Ancient Thought

By Stanley Rosen Copyright 1988
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    Now available in paperback, The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry focuses on the theoretical and practical suppositions of the long-standing conflict between philosophy and poetry. Stanley Rosen--one of the leading Plato scholars of our day--examines philosophical activity, questioning whether technical philosophy is a species of poetry, a political program, an interpretation of human existence according to the ideas of 19th and 20th-century thinkers, or a contemplation of beings and Being.

    Preface 1. The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Poetry 2. Philosophy and Revolution 3. Plato's Myth of the Reversed Cosmos 4. The Nonlover in Plato's Phaedrus 5. Socreates as Concealed Lover 6. The Role of Eros in Plato's Republic 7. Thought and Touch: A Note on Aristotle's De Anima 8. Heidegger's Interpretation of Plato 9. Much Ado About Nothing: Aristotle Contra Eleaticism 10. Remarks on Nietzche's Platonism Notes Index of Names


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

    "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