Philosophy and Poetry : Continental Perspectives
Columbia University Press
Sure, there is a myriad of treatises and books on schools when it comes to studying the fundamental knowledge of the nature of thought, aestheticism and how it ties in with different styles of literature.
Philosophy and Poetry examines the way with which luminaries in the realm of the contemporary continental tradition question and engage with the challenge calibrating the chasm meandering through the cannon of literary work and the arts, with the pool of chosen references being comprised of an illustrious melange of reputable representatives of their respective realms.
The main merit of this tome lies in overcoming the age old often artificially upheld demarcation line between abstracts and poetic elaborations, shedding light on how contemporary thought leaders as well as those from the previous century have managed to not only redefine but shift the exchange between philosophy, literature and its osmosis.
The way the areas of dispute are tackled and how the shaping and changes of approaches has morphed through intense interactions by thinkers, showcases in an intriguing manner how each individual realm actively spawned new hybrids that enriched traditional modes of comprehension.
Needless to say that reading that exposing yourself to this book also serves as a compelling source of hope and inspiration for overcoming the discrepancies and animosities between seemingly conflicting worldviews.
Despite the expertise of author Ranjan Ghosh being firmly in the field of literature, I like how he takes at times opposing standpoints into consideration in equal measure while keeping his focus on the culturally transcending qualities of literature with both the identity and function of the poet as a conduit.