By M. A. R. Habib
This entire advisor to the heritage of literary feedback from antiquity to the current day presents an authoritative evaluation of the key activities, figures, and texts of literary feedback, in addition to surveying their cultural, historic, and philosophical contexts.
- Supplies the cultural, old and philosophical heritage to the literary feedback of every era
- Enables scholars to determine the advance of literary feedback in context
- Organised chronologically, from classical literary feedback via to deconstruction
- Considers a variety of thinkers and occasions from the French Revolution to Freud’s perspectives on civilization
- Can be used along any anthology of literary feedback or as a coherent stand-alone introduction
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In later dialogues such as the Philebus, Sophist, and the Parmenides, however, Plato subjects his own theory of Forms to a scrupulous questioning. The Parmenides suggests that the theory would require an infinite regression, whereby a further Form would have to be posited as lying behind the initial Form. In the Sophist, Plato offers a 22 HOLC01b 22 06/27/2005, 10:50 AM plato (428 –ca. 347 bc ) different view of reality: it is now defined as the power to affect or be affected. He argues, as against the theory of Forms, that such power must operate in the world of becoming and change.
Against the “language about justice and injustice employed by both laymen and poets,” he brings four charges: laymen and poets acknowledge sobriety and righteousness as honorable but unpleasant; they view licentiousness and injustice as not only pleasant but also as “only in opinion and by convention disgraceful”; they hold that injustice “pays better” than justice, and do not scruple to honor the wicked if they are rich and powerful; and, strangest of all, they portray the gods both as assigning misfortunes to good men and as easy to propitiate or manipulate by sacrifices, spells, and enchantments.
The ground has now been prepared for the emerging hegemony of philosophy. Poetry, concludes Adeimantus, teaches young men that appearance “masters” reality and that seeming just is more profitable than being just. It is this pursuit of a phantom, this honoring of dissemblance, which has led to social corruption whose symptoms include the organization of secret societies, political clubs, and the sophistic teaching of “cajolery” whereby the “arts of the popular assembly and the courtroom” are imparted (365a–e).
A history of literary criticism and theory : from Plato to the present by M. A. R. Habib