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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.
"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