Philosophy kills poetry and art

Does anyone else feel that philosophy kills the creativity needed for poetry and art?

8 thoughts on “Philosophy kills poetry and art”

  1. I suppose it depends on how one reads it! It’s an interesting question. I happen to be among those who feel philosophy to be (sometimes) poetry-inspiring. I think that the writing style of the philosopher one reads may also play a role. For example, Nietzsche’s writing style feels much more complementary to poetry than, say, Hegel’s.

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  2. It’s not a bad thing, indeed.

    Perhaps, it’s because I see philosophy as meta.

    Perhaps philosophy is to me like thinking about the mechanics of riding a bicycle rather than actually riding a bicycle. There is artificiality in philosophy, especially transitional and modern philosophy.

    Come to think, I did not have this problem with postmodernism, only when I started to engage with pre-postmodern works, which I had started doing in the last decade.

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  3. Philosophy stimulates thought and imagination… it stirs up lots of ideas for me, it’s really interesting that you get a negative effect though, such simplistic differences in people make existence a most fascinating event…

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  4. Interesting!

    I find every time I do philosophy my artistic creativity suffers. And the opposite happens when I do creative stuff my philosophy suffers.

    They are like milk and water to me.


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