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Filosofía y Poesía

Author: María Zambrano
Publisher: Aguilar
Place: Madrid
Publication Date: 1971
Genre: Essay
Editions: Alcalá de Henares: Universidad, 1993
Mexico D. F: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1996
Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2006
Language: Spanish
First published in Spain: 1971
Keywords: Philosophy
Poetry
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Essay on the dialectical relationship between poetry and philosophy since the time of the Greek philosophers, and on their common interest in observing the world around them. 'For [Zambrano], philosophy can be summarised as an activity that involves a sense of estrangement from immediate reality. She predicates that this detachment from direct reality gives rise to a quest for 'otherness'. She maintains that this 'otherness', or alterity, ... is not a given reality but one which requires of the philosopher a methodical and rigorous search. In contrast, Zambrano depicts poetry as a something found without any searching: like a clearing in the wood it is an "encuentro, don, hallazgo por gracia"' (Nimmo 896). Zambrano's idea of poetic reason emerges as the book's key concept.

Resources

The Poet and the Thinker: Maria Zambrano and Feminist Criticism
Clare E. Nimmo, The Modern Language Review 92.4 (Oct 1997): 893-902
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