Averroes's Aesthetics. The Pleasure of Philosophy and the Pleasure of Poetry, 2015
By: Francesca Forte
Title Averroes's Aesthetics. The Pleasure of Philosophy and the Pleasure of Poetry
Type Article
Language English
Date 2015
Journal Quaestio
Volume 15
Pages 287–296
Categories Aristotle, Poetics, Commentary, Logic, Politics
Author(s) Francesca Forte
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
The theme of the pleasure of knowledge is central in Averroes’ aesthetical reflection of Aristotle’s Poetics, regardless whether we side with the logical or with the moral interpretation. The first one stresses the continuity between Averroes and previous commentators in his attempt to reconstruct the Poetics as an integral part of the Logic itself, whereby poetic discourse is conceived as a form of reasoning based on syllogisms. According to the latter perspective, however, pleasure is central in that poetry is a tool towards the pursuit of happiness: in this perspective it is necessary to bear in mind some common themes present in other works by Averroes (particularly in the commentaries on the Aristotelian Organon – and especially the commentary on the Rhetoric –, in the commentaries on Plato’s Republic, and, last but not least, in the Decisive Treatise). The pleasure of contemplative knowledge must go hand in hand with the pursuit of communal happiness and therefore with the good and proper order of community and society. Poetry represents a central tool towards this aim in that it expresses moral truths which cannot not be communicated (to everybody) by means of logic and philosophy alone.

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Ridicolo e commedia nel Commento medio di Averroè alla Poetica di Aristotele, 2003
By: Paolo Cosenza
Title Ridicolo e commedia nel Commento medio di Averroè alla Poetica di Aristotele
Type Article
Language Italian
Date 2003
Journal Studi Filosofici
Volume 25–26
Pages 11–23
Categories Poetics, Aristotle
Author(s) Paolo Cosenza
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Aristotle's Poetics, the Poetic Syllogism, and Philosophical Truth in Averroes's Commentary, 2001
By: Salim Kemal
Title Aristotle's Poetics, the Poetic Syllogism, and Philosophical Truth in Averroes's Commentary
Type Article
Language English
Date 2001
Journal Journal of Value Inquiry
Volume 35
Pages 391–412
Categories Poetics
Author(s) Salim Kemal
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Aristotle's Poetics, the Poetic Syllogism, and Philosophical Truth in Averroes's Commentary, 2001
By: Salim Kemal
Title Aristotle's Poetics, the Poetic Syllogism, and Philosophical Truth in Averroes's Commentary
Type Article
Language English
Date 2001
Journal Journal of Value Inquiry
Volume 35
Pages 391–412
Categories Poetics
Author(s) Salim Kemal
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Averroes's Aesthetics. The Pleasure of Philosophy and the Pleasure of Poetry, 2015
By: Francesca Forte
Title Averroes's Aesthetics. The Pleasure of Philosophy and the Pleasure of Poetry
Type Article
Language English
Date 2015
Journal Quaestio
Volume 15
Pages 287–296
Categories Aristotle, Poetics, Commentary, Logic, Politics
Author(s) Francesca Forte
Publisher(s)
Translator(s)
The theme of the pleasure of knowledge is central in Averroes’ aesthetical reflection of Aristotle’s Poetics, regardless whether we side with the logical or with the moral interpretation. The first one stresses the continuity between Averroes and previous commentators in his attempt to reconstruct the Poetics as an integral part of the Logic itself, whereby poetic discourse is conceived as a form of reasoning based on syllogisms. According to the latter perspective, however, pleasure is central in that poetry is a tool towards the pursuit of happiness: in this perspective it is necessary to bear in mind some common themes present in other works by Averroes (particularly in the commentaries on the Aristotelian Organon – and especially the commentary on the Rhetoric –, in the commentaries on Plato’s Republic, and, last but not least, in the Decisive Treatise). The pleasure of contemplative knowledge must go hand in hand with the pursuit of communal happiness and therefore with the good and proper order of community and society. Poetry represents a central tool towards this aim in that it expresses moral truths which cannot not be communicated (to everybody) by means of logic and philosophy alone.

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Ridicolo e commedia nel Commento medio di Averroè alla Poetica di Aristotele, 2003
By: Paolo Cosenza
Title Ridicolo e commedia nel Commento medio di Averroè alla Poetica di Aristotele
Type Article
Language Italian
Date 2003
Journal Studi Filosofici
Volume 25–26
Pages 11–23
Categories Poetics, Aristotle
Author(s) Paolo Cosenza
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