Ontology and the Art of Tragedy

Ontology and the Art of Tragedy

by Martha Husain
     
 
Ontology and the Art of Tragedy is a sustained reflection on the principles and criteria from which to guide one's approach to Aristotle's Poetics. Its scope is twofold: historical and systematic. In its historical aspect it develops an approach to Aristotle's Poetics, which brings his distinctive philosophy of being to bear on the reception of this text. In its

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Ontology and the Art of Tragedy is a sustained reflection on the principles and criteria from which to guide one's approach to Aristotle's Poetics. Its scope is twofold: historical and systematic. In its historical aspect it develops an approach to Aristotle's Poetics, which brings his distinctive philosophy of being to bear on the reception of this text. In its systematic aspect it relates Aristotle's theory of art to the perennial desiderata of any theory of art, and particularly to Kandinsky's.

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Library Journal
The Poetics, Aristotle's analysis of the literature of Ancient Greece, is considered by many to be the origin of Western literary criticism. His examination of comedy, tragedy, and the Greek epic form is perhaps the first and most influential formal analysis in the Western literary tradition. As such, the Poetics has been subjected to considerable dissection and critical analysis since its appearance around 330 B.C.E. In this intriguing new work, Husain argues that the Poetics should be read in light of another of Aristotle's works, the Metaphysics. Husain states in her introduction that her study "is not a new translation, nor primarily a new exegesis of the Poetics, but a sustained reflection on the principles and criteria that should guide an approach to the text. It aims at developing a canon for establishment, translation, and exegesis of the text." To this end, Husain succeeds admirably in demonstrating the close links between the Poetics and the Metaphysics and provides valuable tools for future analysis of the work. Recommended for all academic and larger public libraries. Terry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Husain shows us how the Poetics fits into Aristotle’s philosophy considered as a systematic whole. In the process she offers persuasive new solutions to problems that have long plagued students of this extraordinarily difficult book. This is a work that everyone interested in Aristotle or in the philosophy of art will have to read and digest.” — C. D. C. Reeve, author of Substantial Knowledge: Aristotle’s Metaphysics

“Original and well-argued, Husain’s book is a direct challenge to the growing and influential socio-political interpretation of the significance of the art of tragedy.” — John P. Anton, author of Categories and Experience: Essays on Aristotelian Themes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791489796
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
975 KB

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Martha Husain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brock University.

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