Essays on Aristotle's Poetics

Essays on Aristotle's Poetics

By: Amelie Oksenberg Rorty (editor)Paperback

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Aimed at deepening our understanding of the Poetics, this collection places Aristotle's analysis of tragedy in its larger philosophical context. In these twenty-one essays, philosophers and classicists explore the corpus of Aristotle's work in order to link the Poetics to the rest of his views on psychology and on history, ethics, and politics. The essays address such topics as catharsis, pity and fear, pleasure, character and the unity of action, and the modality of dramatic action. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Elizabeth Belfiore, Rdiger Bittner, Mary Whitlock Blundell, Wayne Booth, Dorothea Frede, Cynthia Freeland, Leon Golden, Stephen Halliwell, Richard Janko, Aryeh Kosman, Jonathan Lear, Alexander Nehamas, Martha C. Nussbaum, Deborah Roberts, G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, Nancy Sherman, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Stephen A. White, and Paul Woodruff.


List of ContributorsAcknowledgmentsThe Psychology of Aristotelian Tragedy1Aristotle on History and Poetry23Myth and Tragedy33Acting: Drama as the Mimesis of Praxis51Aristotle on Mimesis73One Action97Plot Imitates Action: Aesthetic Evaluation and Moral Realism in Aristotle's Poetics111Outside the Drama: The Limits of Tragedy in Aristotle's Poetics133Ethos and Dianoia Reconsidered155Hamartia and Virtue177Necessity, Chance, and "What Happens for the Most Part" in Aristotle's Poetics197Aristotle's Favorite Tragedies221Pleasure, Understanding, and Emotion in Aristotle's Poetics241Tragedy and Self-sufficiency: Plato and Aristotle on Fear and Pity261Pity and Fear in the Rhetoric and the Poetics291Katharsis315From Catharsis to the Aristotelian Mean341Aristotle and Iphigenia359Aristotle on the Pleasure of Comedy379The Poetics for a Practical Critic387Epilogue: The Poetics and its Interpreters409Selected Bibliography425

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  • ISBN13: 9780691014982
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780691014982
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0691014981
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

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