[lit-ideas] Re: Auerbach on Mimesis

  • From: Ursula Stange <Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2008 09:10:01 -0400

It certainly used to encompass them all...pprobably still does. When the literary critics figure out how to solve their problems with experiments and equations, they will peel themsleves away for good and all. Until then, they're undisciplined philosophers focusing their undisciplined magnifying glasses on literature (which I think some of them don't even really like).

not reading carefully and probably on the wrong soapbox...
in North Bay (newly covered with snow this morning...aaargh)

John McCreery wrote:
But what distinguishes philosophy from other activities that also deal with difficult problems outside the scope of physical science or mathematics? History has been mentioned. What of literary criticism, anthropology, politics, marketing, haute cuisine, therapy, jazz or art, for example? Life appears to be full of difficult problems that do not lend themselves to performing experiments or solving equations. Does philosophy encompass them all?


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