When Poetry Conquers Philosophy: Reflections on Don Quixote

Don Quixote (1955) by Pablo Picasso In Plato's Republic he describes an ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy, with both claiming to be the true educators of virtue. The poets claim to possess a greater power to impel people to do great things. And who can disagree? Where would the Venus de Milo or the … Continue reading When Poetry Conquers Philosophy: Reflections on Don Quixote

Aristotle, Oedipus, and Greek Tragedy

There has been a longstanding debate, dating back to Aristotle, regarding the purpose, or telos, of a tragedy, and whether or not the "tragic" element is the result of is the result of a unique or particular character flaw stemming from the central protagonist. In other words, is Oedipus, indeed, a flawed human being who has brought about … Continue reading Aristotle, Oedipus, and Greek Tragedy