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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||Aristotle.; Aristoteles|
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|Description:||xii, 304 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Introduction. The lost second book of Aristotle's Poetics ; Aims of the present book ; Method to be followed ; Prospective readers --
Part I: Groundwork. Aristotle's arts and sciences ; The organon ; Preface to the theoretical sciences ; Mathematics ; The physical sciences ; The biological sciences ; First philosophy ; The order of the arts and sciences ; The practical sciences ; The productive sciences : poetics ; Rhetoric ; Scientific rationality as a guiding idea ; Causes --
Part II: The symbolon argument. Causes in the poetics ; Poetic imitation ; The analysis of poetic imitation ; The scope of poetic imitation ; The evolution of poetic imitation ; Expectations of Poetics II ; The epitome of Poetics II ; Comparison of the epitome with our expectations --
Part III: The kinds of poetry. The autonomy of imitative poetry ; The autonomy of Aristotelian disciplines ; Autonomy of art in the Aristotelian tradition ; Historical, educational, and imitative poetry ; Historical poetry ; History of the problem ; Historical poetry and history ; Historical poetry and imitative poetry ; Historical poetry and rhetoric ; Educational poetry ; Poetry and philosophy ; Poetry and education ; Transition to the specific ends of imitative poetry --
Part IV: The end of tragedy. The end of tragedy as catharsis ; The fearful emotions ; The removal of emotions by emotions ; The aim of tragedy : symmetry ; The mother of tragedy : pain ; Poetry and the practical sciences ; Poetic and therapeutic catharsis ; Is catharsis in the poem or in the audience? ; Is catharsis educative? ; The practical ends of poetry --
Part V: Comedy. The definition of comedy ; The mother of comedy : laughter ; The laughable ; The definition of the laughable ; Accounts of the laughable ; The causes of the laughable ; Laughter from the diction ; Laughter from the incidents ; Cicero's account of laughter ; The science of the laughable ; The embodiment of the laughable in comedy ; The matter and parts of comedy ; Old, new, and middle comedy --
Appendix: The order and provenance of the Aristotelian corpus.
"Walter Watson brings a deep perspective steeped in Aristotle's entire philosophy to the study of Aristotle's view of comedy and laughter. He repeatedly shows new ways in which the much contested