Analytic Philosophy, the Ancient Philosopher Poets and the Poetics of Analytic Philosophy

Rowett, Catherine (2021) Analytic Philosophy, the Ancient Philosopher Poets and the Poetics of Analytic Philosophy. Rhizomata, 8 (2). pp. 158-182. ISSN 2196-5102

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The paper starts with reflections on Plato's critique of the poets and the preference many express for Aristotle's view of poetry. The second part of the paper takes a case study of analytic treatments of ancient philosophy, including the ancient philosopher poets, to examine the poetics of analytic philosophy, diagnosing a preference in Analytic philosophy for a clean non-poetic style of presentation, and then develops this in considering how well historians of philosophy in the Analytic tradition can accommodate the contributions of philosophers who wrote in verse. The final part of the paper reviews the current enthusiasm for decoding Empedocles' vague and poetic descriptions of the cosmic cycle into a precise scientific periodicity on the basis of the recently discovered Byzantine scholia on Aristotle. I argue that this enthusiasm speaks to a desire for definite and clear numerical values in place of poetic motifs of give and take, and that this mathematical and scientific poetic is comparable to the preferred poetic of analytic philosophy.

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Additional Information: Rhizomata, vol. 8, no. 2, 2020, pp. 158-182.
Uncontrolled Keywords: aristotle,barnes,cosmic cycle,empedocles,parmenides,plato,poetics,rashed,republic,xenophanes,philosophy,history and philosophy of science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1211
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 00:14
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2021 16:28
DOI: 10.1515/rhiz-2020-0008

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