Aristotle's Poetics

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  • Aristotle's Poetics

    1. 1. Aristotle <ul><li>Greek Philosopher </li></ul><ul><li>circa 335 B.C.E. </li></ul>
    2. 2. Poetics <ul><li>Literary Aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>What are the essential features of Literary Work </li></ul><ul><li>What constitutes works of value? </li></ul>
    3. 3. Three Categories <ul><li>Tragedy </li></ul><ul><li>Comedy </li></ul><ul><li>Epic </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Mimesis (imitation) </li></ul><ul><li>Catharsis (purification, cleansing) </li></ul>Poetics
    5. 5. Lost Works <ul><li>After the Roman Period Aristotle’s works were thought to be lost </li></ul><ul><li>However, they were preserved by Muslim scholars and philosophers </li></ul>
    6. 6. Influence on Islamic Thought <ul><li>Was the groundwork for the falsafa school of Islamic thought </li></ul><ul><li>Influenced prominent Islamic scholars such as Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushd </li></ul>
    7. 7. Ibn Rushd (Averroes) <ul><li>Andalusian Arab Philosopher (1126-1198) </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary on Aristotle greatly influenced European thinkers </li></ul>
    8. 8. Influence <ul><li>Deeply influential in the Early Modern Period </li></ul><ul><li>Spurred the Neo-classical movement </li></ul>

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