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Quantifier vs. Poetry: Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-Cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American Philosophy in the Last Hundred Years

Quantifier vs. Poetry: Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-Cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American... Quantifier vs. Poetry: Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-Cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American Philosophy in the Last Hundred Years ist ván ar an yosi Bilkent University t he m a in t it l e of t his pa per is an allusion to Jeremy Bentham’s famous one-page piece “Push-Pin versus Poetry,” where the father of utilitarianism argued that there is no reason to think that the very straightforward game of push-pin, popular in England and Scotland in the nineteenth century, has less value than a fancy activity like poetry reading. In a reversal of the terms of the analogy, my point will be that there was a time, not so long ago, when professional philosophers did have equal consideration for both logic and poetry, by which I mean for both good arguments and elegant prose. In the not very numerous magazine articles, editorials, and opinion pieces in the popular press where current mainstream, one might say “analytic,” Anglo-American philosophy is ever mentioned and discussed, there is a fre- quent complaint that this discipline has estranged itself from either the other humanities, or social sciences, or hard sciences, and that, as a result, the im- age of philosophy in the contemporary world http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Pluralist University of Illinois Press

Quantifier vs. Poetry: Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-Cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American Philosophy in the Last Hundred Years

The Pluralist , Volume 7 – Mar 2, 2012

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University of Illinois Press
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Abstract

Quantifier vs. Poetry: Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-Cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American Philosophy in the Last Hundred Years ist ván ar an yosi Bilkent University t he m a in t it l e of t his pa per is an allusion to Jeremy Bentham’s famous one-page piece “Push-Pin versus Poetry,” where the father of utilitarianism argued that there is no reason to think that the very straightforward game of push-pin, popular in England and Scotland in the nineteenth century, has less value than a fancy activity like poetry reading. In a reversal of the terms of the analogy, my point will be that there was a time, not so long ago, when professional philosophers did have equal consideration for both logic and poetry, by which I mean for both good arguments and elegant prose. In the not very numerous magazine articles, editorials, and opinion pieces in the popular press where current mainstream, one might say “analytic,” Anglo-American philosophy is ever mentioned and discussed, there is a fre- quent complaint that this discipline has estranged itself from either the other humanities, or social sciences, or hard sciences, and that, as a result, the im- age of philosophy in the contemporary world

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The PluralistUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 2, 2012

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