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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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Poets and Critics

Poets and Critics

(p.49) 2 Poets and Critics
The Rift in The Lute

Maximilian de Gaynesford

Oxford University Press

Austin’s remarks about poetry elicit responses that seem to reflect mutual antipathy between philosophy and poetry. Poets and critics are quick to rebuke him for unprincipled levity and to discern symptoms of a deeper malaise in current philosophizing. This is particularly evident in various remarks of Geoffrey Hill and Christopher Ricks. They think the offence is the greater because Austin should have known better; that, unlike others in philosophy, he shows a poet’s sensibility for uses of language. But their inclination to depart from the evidence, and to supply unwarranted interpretations of Austin’s remarks and his reasons for making them, reveals a strong distrust of philosophy.

Keywords:   Austin, Derrida, Cavell, Hill, Ricks, parasitic, Plato, Frege

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