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Reclaiming the canon : essays on philosophy, poetry, and history

Herman L. Sinaiko

1998

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  • Title:
    Reclaiming the canon : essays on philosophy, poetry, and history
  • Author: Herman L. Sinaiko
  • Description: Socrates and Freud: talk and truth -- Plato's Laches: psychotherapy and the search for wisdom -- Reading Homer's Iliad -- Homer's Odyssey: the adolescence of Telemachus -- History, poetry, and philosophy in Tolstoy's War and peace -- Tolstoy's Anna Karenina -- Theme, structure, and meaning in Herodotus' history -- Yeats's "among school children": analyzing a lyric poem -- Conrad's Heart of darkness: art and the artist -- Shelley's Frankenstein: reflections on the monster -- The Analects: Confucius' claim to philosophical greatness -- Chinese and English lyric poetry: art and the comparison of cultures.
    Tragedy and psychoanalysis: tragedy in poetry and in life -- Hume's "of the standard of taste": how is the canon determined? -- Plato's Protagoras: who will teach the teachers? -- Energizing the classroom: the structure of teaching -- The value of failure: structure and argument in Republic, book I -- Knowing, being, and the community: the divided line and the cave in Republic, books VI and VII -- The ancient quarrel: Socrates' critique of poetry in Republic, book X -- Dialogue and dialectic: the limitations on human wisdom.
    Herman Sinaiko is renowned for his gifts as a guide to exploring and appreciating the humanities. This book brings to general readers Sinaiko's thoughts on, and his invitations to read or reread, a wide selection of major literary and philosophical works - from ancient Greek to Chinese to modern. Taking a conversational approach, he deals with the perennial questions that thinking people have always raised and investigates how works of great art may provide answers to these questions.
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press
  • Format: 1 online resource (xiii, 338 p. ) ill..
  • Identifier: ISBN 0-585-37858-4
  • Subjects: Canon (Literature); Literature -- History and criticism; Canon (Literature) -- History and criticism; Literature; Electronic books
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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