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Title: Poetic knowledge
Authors: Patke, R.S. 
Keywords: Cognitive poetics
Language and epistemology
Poetry and knowledge
Issue Date: Mar-2006
Citation: Patke, R.S. (2006-03). Poetic knowledge. Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3) : 199-205. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Whether poetry gives knowledge or not is a question that has been debated from a variety of perspectives, depending on how a society or a culture defines knowledge, and on the function it ascribes to poetry in relation to that definition. The civilizations of Asia and the Middle East have generally taken the line that poetry deals primarily with affects, emotions and feelings. The West has had a more complicated history of responses. One way of making sense of this history is to map rival claims as split over the idea of scientific knowledge, where it affects notions of the poetic function. The mapping, through all its manifold branches, gives clear indications that claims to knowledge - both those made on behalf of poetry, and those denied to poetry - depend more on assumptions, predispositions and cultural conditioning than on rational argument or critical debate. The resulting variety also suggests that the cultural relativism that affects such debates is unlikely to arrive at resolutions except of the contingent kind. Copyright © 2006 Theory, Culture and Society.
Source Title: Theory, Culture and Society
ISSN: 02632764
DOI: 10.1177/0263276406062574
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