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The Rift in The LuteAttuning Poetry and Philosophy$
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Maximilian de Gaynesford

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797265.001.0001

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Introduction: What is Attunement?

Introduction: What is Attunement?

(p.1) Introduction: What is Attunement?
The Rift in The Lute

Maximilian de Gaynesford

Oxford University Press

Attunement is a mutually shaping approach in which we analyse material in genuinely philosophical ways, with the prospect of changing the way we think about things in general; in really appreciating poetry and adopting a genuinely critical approach, with the prospect of changing the way we respond to poems. The most satisfying, therapeutic, and efficient way to make attunement possible is to confront the antipathy between poetry and philosophy at its worst, in relations with analytic philosophy, and particularly the speech act approach in analytic philosophy of language. Attunement is a particular approach that is quite distinct from other forms of literary criticism, other attempts to bring poetry and analytic philosophy together, and other deployments of a speech act approach.

Keywords:   attunement, Austin, Eliot, analytic philosophy, ordinary language

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