The Lost Second Book of Aristotle's "Poetics" by Walter Watson

By Walter Watson

Of all of the writings on concept and aesthetics—ancient, medieval, or modern—the most crucial is undoubtedly Aristotle’s Poetics, the 1st philosophical treatise to propound a idea of literature. within the Poetics, Aristotle writes that he'll communicate of comedy—but there isn't any extra point out of comedy. Aristotle writes additionally that he'll deal with catharsis and an research of what's humorous. yet he doesn't truly deal with any of these rules. The surviving Poetics is incomplete.

Until this present day. the following, Walter Watson deals a brand new interpretation of the misplaced moment ebook of Aristotle's Poetics. in accordance with Richard Janko’s philological reconstruction of the epitome, a precis first recovered in 1839 and hotly contested thereafter, Watson mounts a compelling philosophical argument that areas the statements of this precis of the Aristotelian textual content of their actual context. Watson renders lucid and whole causes of Aristotle’s principles approximately catharsis, comedy, and a precis account of the differing kinds of poetry, principles that prompted not just Cicero’s conception of the ridiculous, but in addition Freud’s concept of jokes, humor, and the comic.

Finally, greater than millennia after it was once first written, and after years of scrutiny, Aristotle’s Poetics is extra entire than ever earlier than. right here, eventually, Aristotle’s misplaced moment booklet is located again.

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