Averroes’ Middle Commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics

Butterworth, C.E. [ed.]. Averroes’ Middle Commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics. Princeton, 1986.


“Emphasis on the political usefulness of poetics is the dominant theme of Averroes’s Short Commentary on Aristotle’s Poetics.  the began the treatise with a statement about the political uses to which the art of poetics might be poets and later explained how recognition of these uses had prompted Aristotle to write about poetics. While the acknowledgment of Aristotle’s recognition of the political uses of rhetoric was perfunctory in the Short Commentary on Aristotle’s Rhetoric,  the acknowledgment of his recognition of the political uses of poetics is given more attention in this treatise. Here, the acknowledgment is preceded by Averroes’s  own recognition of those uses, and it is complemented by the art of being  recommended to our attention because of its suitability for political uses. Essentially this treatise differs from the other two and that the technical aspects of poetics are almost passed over in this treatise in order to stress the political uses of the art.”

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