Poets have need of philosophers nevertheless. It was Wordsworth, in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, who pointed out that poety is more "philosophical" than history, by which he menas that poetry & philosophy are more generally applicable than the mater-of-fact of history. Paradoxically, philosophers & poets have historically come to that generality by different routes: philosophers have deployed abstractions whereas poet have tended to get to the general through the specific.


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