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Lyric Philosophy

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In this ground-breaking study on the nature of philosophy, Jan Zwicky demonstrates how much of potential philosophical significance is lost if our notion of meaningful language is constrained by narrow concepts of analytic rigour. Her aim is not to dismiss the role of analysis in philosophy; rather she strives to augment its resources and thereby give to philosophy a voice ...more
Published December 19th 1992 by University of Toronto Press (first published 1992)
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James Murphy
Apr 28, 2014 James Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The poet, philosopher, and musician Jan Zwicky has written (actually, revised in this 2d edition) one of the most intelligent books I've encountered in a long time. A work of philosophy, its fascinating and original form is that Zwicky presents an aphoristic formulation having to do with the nature of philosophy which, long or short, stands alone on the page. On the facing page she presents the published work of other philosophers, writers, poets, and musicians which demonstrate the worth of her ...more
Chris Westbury
Feb 08, 2014 Chris Westbury rated it it was amazing
Really one of the best philosophy books I've read in the last twenty years: interesting, profound, intriguing, and useful. This book deserves to be more widely known.
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Shelves: art, essay, poetry, philosophy
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Jan Zwicky’s books of poetry include Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won the Governor General’s Award, Robinson’s Crossing, which won the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and, most recently Forge, which was short-listed for the Griffin Prize. Her books of philosophy include Wisdom & Metaphor, Lyric Philosophy, and Alkibiades’ Love (forthcoming 2015).
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