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By George Steiner

From the celebrated polymath George Steiner comes a profound and illuminating imaginative and prescient of the inseparability of Western philosophy and its residing language.

With his hallmark forceful discernment, George Steiner offers in The Poetry of Thought his magnum opus: an exam of greater than millennia of Western tradition, staking out his declare for the fundamental oneness of significant idea and nice kind. Sweeping but particular, relocating from crucial element to bracing representation, Steiner spans the whole historical past of philosophy within the West because it entwines with literature, discovering that, as Sartre acknowledged, in all philosophy there's “a hidden literary prose.”

“The poetic genius of summary thought,” Steiner believes, “is lit, is made audible. Argument, even analytic, has its drumbeat. it really is made ode. What voices the last pursuits of Hegel’s Phenomenology larger than Edith Piaf’s non de non, a twofold negation which Hegel may have prized? This essay is an try to hear extra closely.”

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