Between Philosophy and Poetry: Writing, Rhythm, History

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Between Philosophy and Poetry examines the complex and controversial relation that has informed literary theory since ancient times: the difference between philosophy and poetry. The book explores three specific areas: the practice of writing with respect to orality; the interpretive modes of poetic and philosophical discourse as self-narration and historical understanding; how rhythm marks the differential spaces in poetry and philosophy.

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Overview

Between Philosophy and Poetry examines the complex and controversial relation that has informed literary theory since ancient times: the difference between philosophy and poetry. The book explores three specific areas: the practice of writing with respect to orality; the interpretive modes of poetic and philosophical discourse as self-narration and historical understanding; how rhythm marks the differential spaces in poetry and philosophy.

The book brings together some of the most prominent international scholars in the fields of philosophy and literature to examine the differences between orality and writing, the signs and traces of gender in writing, the historical dimension of the tension between philosophical and poetic language, and the future possibility of a musical thinking that would go beyond the opposition between philosophy and poetry.

In the final instance, rhythm is the force to be reckoned with and is the essential element in an understanding of philosophy and poetry. Rhythm in effect provides a musical ethics of philosophy, for musical thinking goes beyond the metaphysical opposition between philosophy and poetry and sets the frame for post-philosophical practice.

Contributors: Amittari F. Aviram, Babette Babich , Eve Taylor Bannet, Stephen Barker, Alexandro Carrera, Richard Detsch, Karen Feldman, David Halliburton, Richard Kearney, Carlo Sini, P. Christopher Smith, Forrest Williams.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826482983
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: Continuum Collection
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Massimo Verdicchio, the translator, is Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Robert Burch is Associate Professor of Philosophy, also at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction: Thinking between Philosophy and Poetry, Robert Burch, University of Alberta Part One: Ethics of Writing Introduction, Massimo Verdicchio, University of Alberta
1. Gesture and Word: The Practice of Philosophy and the Practice of Poetry, Carlo Sini, University of Mila
2. The Rise and Fall of Reality: Socrates, Virtual Reality and the Birth of Philosophy out of the "Spirit of Writing", Alessandro Carrera, New York University
3. Analogical Thinking as the Friend of Interpretive Truth: Reflections Based on Carlo Sini's Images of Truth, Forrest Williams, University of Colorado, Boulder Part Two: Truth, Texts and the Narrative Self Introduction, Robert Burch
4. When Truth Becomes Woman: Male Traces and Female Signs, Eve Tavor Bannet, University of Oklahoma, Norman
5. Orality and Writing: Plato's Phaedrus and the Pharmakon Revisited, P. Christopher Smith, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
6. Ethics and the Narrative Self, Richard Kearney, University College, Dublin Part Three: Poetry, Philosophy and the Spirit of History Introduction, Massimo Verdicchio
7. Woburn on My Mind and in My, Mind's Eye: Beckett's Poiesis, Stephen Barker, University of California at Irvine
8. The Naming of the Hymn: Heidegger and Hölderlin, Karen Feldman, University of California at Berkeley
9. On Transvaluing History: Rilke and Nietzsche, Richard Detsch, University of Nebraska at Kearny Part Four: The "Force of Rhythm" in Life, Philosophy and Poetry Introduction, Robert Burch
10. Reflections on Speed, David Halliburton, Stanford University
11. The Meaning of Rhythm, F. Amittai Aviram, University of South Carolina
12. Mousiké Techné: The Philosophical Practice of Music in Plato, Nietzsche and Heidegger, Babette E. Babich, Fordham University and Georgetown University.

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