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Aristotle and The Romantic Manifesto

Robert Mayhew

Presented at: OCON 2019

Date: Jun 22, 2019

In the Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand reports that before she heard the name “Aristotle,” she had accepted his principle “that fiction is of greater philosophical importance than history, because history represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them ‘as they might be and ought to be.’” The aim of this talk is to explain the role of this principle in Aristotle’s esthetics and Ayn Rand’s, and to note other parallels between the Poetics and Romantic Manifesto.

aestheticshistory of philosophy

Parts: 1