Poetry and Philosophy from Homer to Rousseau

Romantic Souls, Realist Lives

  • Simon Haines

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-214

About this book


This accessible and jargon-free book features readings of over 20 key texts and authors in Western poetry and philosophy, including Homer, Plato, Beowulf , Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Rousseau. Simon Haines presents a thought-provoking and theoretically aware account of Western literature and philosophy, arguing that the history of both can be seen as a struggle between two different conceptions of the self: the 'romantic' (or dualist) vs the 'realist' or ('extended').


Aristotle philosophy Plato poetry realism reformation Renaissance Romanticism Rousseau

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Haines
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  1. 1.Australian National UniversityAustralia

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