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Plato, Aristotle and the Psychology of Fiction uploaded

November 2, 2011

Prof Malcolm Heath on ancient and modern attitudes to literature in a 45-minute talk for Ilkley’s  Café Humanité.

Last night at Ilkley’s Café Humanité 45 people enjoyed Prof. Malcolm Heath’s entertaining and challenging talk on “Plato, Aristotle and the Psychology of Fiction”, which explored the perceived value and effects of literary and dramatic fiction in the ancient world and today. The 45-minute talk is now uploaded as an MP3 on the Other Talks page, so those who weren’t there can listen to four stories while discovering that Plato is a pessimistic idealist, Aristotle an optimistic pragmatist and Keith Oatley a closet Platonist! Listen out for the four stories told and a brilliant illustrative analysis of Winnie the Pooh.

Listen (45 minutes) 

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