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The Ethics of WritingAuthorship and Legacy in Plato and Nietzsche$
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Sean Burke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748618309

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748618309.001.0001

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Creativity versus Containment: The Aesthetic Defence

Creativity versus Containment: The Aesthetic Defence

(p.222) Conclusion: Creativity versus Containment: The Aesthetic Defence
The Ethics of Writing

Seán Burke

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses the fictional or poetic frame as an essential aesthetic defence against the dangerous discourses which, beginning with the very Republic of Plato, flourished in the ‘open sea’ of loss and liberation that is now named as modernity, then again as the romanticisation of philosophy. The work of the Republic falls under the censure of so many of the discursive judgements that were entirely original and new with his writing and the teaching of his master. The responsibilities of the writer extend beyond the writing of ethical works to an ethics of writing in general. If the tentative suggestions made here and in the succeeding volume towards an authorial ethics of writing make only the slightest contribution to the rethinking of the question, ‘What is the Good?’, from within what is but a minor area of literary theory, this project will have achieved its highest aspiration.

Keywords:   aesthetic defence, Republic, Plato, modernity, romanticisation, writing, literary theory

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