Hopkins: Poetry and Philosophy

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Title: Hopkins: Poetry and Philosophy
Authors: Casey, Gerard
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5455
Date: Jun-1995
Abstract: I am going to begin, as all philosophers do, by going back to the ancient Greeks, and then taking a quick tour of the present day, before returning to the ancient Greeks again. Let us begin with the so-called quarrel between philosophy and poetry–what was the reason for this? Well, philosophy was invented at a particular point in time, and in relation to poetry, it was a newcomer. When philosophy was invented it found another intellectual enterprise already in possession of the field, and that enterprise was poetry, primarily Homer and Hesiod. Plato, in trying to make intellectual space for philosophy, made so much space that he risked pushing poetry out of the field altogether as an intellectual enterprise. Plato assumes that poetry and philosophy are competitors in the same business; he can then be seen as attempting to make a hostile take-over bid.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Province of the Society of Jesus
Journal: Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review
Volume: 84
Issue: 334
Start page: 160
End page: 167
Copyright (published version): 1995 Irish Province of the Society of Jesus
Keywords: PoetryKnowledgePhilosphy
Other versions: http://www.ucd.ie/philosophy/staff/gerardcasey/casey/Hopkinsfinal.pdf
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Philosophy Research Collection

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