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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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(p.83) 5 Truth
The Rift in The Lute

Maximilian de Gaynesford

Oxford University Press

What makes reconciliation between poetry and the speech act approach in analytic philosophy desirable is the fact that philosophy has tended to adopt a truth-orientated approach to poetic utterances. Debate has then organized itself on a spectrum. At one end, some claim that poetic utterances consist of statements which can be true. At the other end, some claim that such utterances consist of statements that tend to be (or systematically must be) false. Towards the middle, some claim that the statements of which poetry consists are neither true nor false. But this way of approaching poetry renders essential features of poetry invisible and distorts literary criticism.

Keywords:   statement, action, truth, falsity, F. R. Leavis, Philip Sidney, A. J. Ayer, G. M. Hopkins, Chaucer, Empson

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