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Affecting audiences with depictions of suffering and injustice is a key function of tragedy, and yet it has long been viewed by philosophers as a dubious enterprise. In this book Thomas Gould uses both historical and theoretical approaches to explore tragedy and its power to gratify readers and audiences. He takes as his starting point Plato's moral and psychological objections to tragedy, and the conflict he recognized between "poetry"--the exploitation of our yearning to see ourselves as victims--and "philosophy"--the ...

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    • Title: The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy by Thomas Gould
    • Publisher: Princeton University Press
    • Print ISBN: 9780691600956, 0691600953
    • eText ISBN: 9781400861866
    • Edition: 2014
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