On Poetry and Truth

A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him—Dylan Thomas

I have learned a lot from poetry and music. It has been argued that truth–whether a capital or lower case ‘T’–cannot be found within it. I look to music and poetry, partly, as sources of truth. People like Nussbaum have argued that novels and other literary works have the ability to develop what I’ll call a textured character. That may be true. But that’s not the entire story. The significant truths we look for in philosophy can indeed, I have found, sometimes lay in a poem.

Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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