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From Plato to Postmodernism by Louis Markos

From Plato to Postmodernism

Understanding the Essence of Literature and Role of the Author

by Louis Markos

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From antiquity to today, philosophers and poets alike have conducted a great debate about the nature and meaning of literature, centered around a few key questions.

  • What is poetry’s wellspring? God? Nature? The human self?
  • Is poetry superfluous to human progress?
  • Are the literary arts a vehicle to higher truths or merely a pack of lies?
  • Is the author a divinely inspired rhapsode or a mere artisan, "manufacturing" meaning?

This course charts the contributions of our greatest thinkers to this controversy: Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Schiller, as well as modern masters such as Stanley Fish and Jacques Derrida, and it gives you the tools to enter the conversation yourself.

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