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What Ancient Quarrel Between Philosophy And Poetry?

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In modern scholarship, the phrase "ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry" has been used so often that it has become rather hackneyed; for example it figures prominently in the titles not only of a recent book on Plato's views of poetry but also of various studies devoted to aspects of the relations between Greek poetry and philosophy in general. Particularly its use in studies of the latter sort suggests that at least some modern scholars assume that such a quarrel really was a general feature of ancient Greek culture before Socrates - in other words, they seem to consider Plato to be a reliable witness to a real Greek tradition of hostility between poetry and philosophy which existed independently before Plato.

Keywords: ancient quarrel; philosophy; Plato; poetry



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