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Truth in Poetry: a Matter of Detail

Date:
Tuesday 20 March 2018
Time:
5.15pm - 6.45pm

Part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series

Location: G5, St Mary's University

The lecture explores the idea of “truth” in poetry, arguing that it is unlike the propositional truth defined by philosophy (“corresponding to the facts”), nor quite the same as “truth” sought in novels, as exhibited through the actions and attitudes of characters. To the extent that it is even helpful to speak of “truth” in relation to poetry—and perhaps we should be wary of that—it is to be found deep within poetic expression itself. Poetic detail, precision, and clarity of thought are at the heart of what matters in poetry and the profundity that poems sometimes attain is rarely the profundity of philosophy or science so much as a kind of integrity and authority that seems to lie in just this mode of expression. Where “falsehood” is ascribed to poetry it resides in faults like insincerity or sentimentality or cliché where ideas lack authority, being poorly thought out, glib, second-hand or imprecise.

About the speaker

Prof Peter Lamarque (University of York)

Peter Lamarque is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. His main research interests lie in aesthetics and philosophy of literature, with a particular focus on narrative, poetry, the ontology of art, and the distinctive values sought in works of literature. His books include Truth, Fiction, and Literature (with Stein Haugom Olsen); Fictional Points of View; The Philosophy of Literature; and Work and Object: Explorations in the Metaphysics of Art, (winner of the Outstanding Monograph Award of the American Society of Aesthetics).

Registration

This lecture is intended for a general audience and free to attend.

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Date:
Tuesday 20 March 2018
Time:
5.15pm - 6.45pm

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For more information about this event please email peter.fossey@stmarys.ac.uk.

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