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The ancient quarrel and the dream of writing

Smith, R.

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The main purpose of this article is to question and finally reject the tendency to see philosophy and literature (especially poetry) as essentially distinct forms of language, a tendency which sometimes extends to regarding them as mutually exclusive and to be understood as in some way in opposition to each other. The idea of that opposition is generally supposed to go back as far as Plato, at least, and much of what I write here will concern just how we are to read what we find on the matter in Plato's Republic, how we are to read Plato's dialogues in general and, even more broadly, how we are to read what comes to us under the title of philosophy. It is Plato, I suggest, who supplies us with a powerful way of understanding the instability of the literature/philosophy binary, and who, at the end of Republic, invites us to witness its collapse.

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Smith, R. (2018). The ancient quarrel and the dream of writing. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 52(4), 592-608. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12324

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 27, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 28, 2019
Publication Date Oct 30, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 28, 2021
Journal Journal of Philosophy of Education
Print ISSN 0309-8249
Electronic ISSN 1467-9752
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 4
Pages 592-608
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12324

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This is the accepted version of the following article: Smith, R. (2018). The ancient quarrel and the dream of writing. Journal of Philosophy of Education 52(4): 592-608 which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9752.12324. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.





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