A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (Blackwell by Walter Jost, Garry L. Hagberg

By Walter Jost, Garry L. Hagberg

This enormous number of new and up to date essays from a global staff of eminent students represents the easiest modern severe considering with regards to either literary and philosophical reports of literature.* Helpfully teams essays into the field's major sub-categories, between them ‘Relations among Philosophy and Literature’, ‘Emotional Engagement and the adventure of Reading’, ‘Literature and the ethical Life’, and ‘Literary Language’* bargains a mix of analytical precision and literary richness* Represents an unprecedented paintings of reference for college kids and experts alike, excellent for direction use

Show description

Read or Download A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy, Volume 44) PDF

Best philosophy books

Pets (The Art of Living Series)

'When I play with my cat, who is aware if it's not that i am a hobby to her greater than she is to me? ' - Michel de Montaigne. Why will we dwell with pets? Is there whatever extra to our dating with them than just companionship? what's it we glance for in our pets and what does this say approximately us as humans?

Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy

Peter Unger's provocative new e-book poses a major problem to modern analytic philosophy, arguing that to its detriment it focuses the predominance of its strength on "empty rules. "

In the mid-twentieth century, philosophers mostly agreed that, against this with technological know-how, philosophy may still provide no monstrous recommendations concerning the normal nature of concrete truth. major philosophers have been eager about little greater than the semantics of normal phrases. for instance: Our notice "perceives" differs from our notice "believes" in that the 1st be aware is used extra strictly than the second one. whereas somebody could be right in asserting "I think there's a desk earlier than me" even if there's a desk earlier than her, she's going to be right in announcing "I understand there's a desk sooner than me" provided that there's a desk there. even though only a parochial concept, even if it really is right does make a distinction to how issues are with concrete fact. In Unger's phrases, it's a concretely massive proposal. along each one such parochial vast suggestion, there's an analytic or conceptual suggestion, as with the concept that somebody may well think there's a desk prior to her even if there's one, yet she's going to understand there's a desk earlier than her provided that there's a desk there. Empty of import as to how issues are with concrete truth, these options are what Unger calls concretely empty ideas.

It is generally assumed that, due to the fact that approximately 1970, issues had replaced due to the appearance of such options because the content material externalism championed via Hilary Putnam and Donald Davidson, numerous essentialist concepts provided via Saul Kripke, etc. opposed to that assumption, Unger argues that, with not often any exceptions other than David Lewis's thought of a plurality of concrete worlds, all of those contemporary choices are concretely empty principles. other than whilst providing parochial rules, Peter Unger keeps that mainstream philosophy nonetheless bargains rarely something past concretely empty ideas.

"This incisive publication lays the most important demanding situations on the door of mainstream analytic philosophy, for Unger argues persuasively that (contrary to its particular self-conception), loads of contemporary philosophy has been keen on in simple terms conceptual issues-nothing 'concretely substantial'. The ebook is certain to impress controversy and fit debate in regards to the position and cost of philosophy. " -Amie L. Thomasson, Professor of Philosophy and Cooper Fellow, collage of Miami

The Tao of Philosophy (Alan Watts Love of Wisdom)

The Tao of Philosophy is a literary variation of talks chosen to introduce the recent "Love of Wisdom" sequence by way of Alan Watts to today's audiences.

The following chapters supply wealthy examples of ways within which the philosophy of the Tao is as modern at the present time because it used to be while it flourished in China millions of years in the past. probably most importantly, those choices provide glossy society a clearer realizing of what it's going to take for a profitable reintegration of people in nature.

Extra resources for A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy, Volume 44)

Sample text

It is a commonplace that the statements of the philosopher do not refer in any straightforward way to the furniture of the world as do the statements of the scientist or of the ordinary person. This thought is often expressed by saying that the philosopher is concerned with the concept of Mind, or of Courage, or of Justice, or of Law, rather than with an individual mind or individual act of courage or of justice or individual law. 4 Esrock goes on to quote approvingly a remark by Richard Rorty that “philosophy is best seen as a kind of writing, .

I am no doubt not the only one who writes in order to have no face,” claims Foucault. ”23 By creating a textual persona to conceal and thus protect the self-examining self from physical exposure to the public, an exposure that could be much too inhibiting and risky, one can provide greater freedom for imaginative experiments to question one’s self and the social conventions that define it, to challenge one’s own limits (and society’s) in a more adventurous quest for self-transformation. But for all its values of concealing the individual behind the veils of textual constructions and even fictional pseudonyms, literary form is also a crucial device for bringing oneself into the public and thus transforming oneself productively precisely through the public exposure that literary composition brings to the subject herself and that rescues her from the privacy of her thoughts, feelings, and imaginative efforts of self-knowledge and self-care.

It sheds light on how things are in our world by describing a world in which things are very different, thus shedding a refracted light into the dark corners of our world. In short, it is a philosophical 28 friends of the earth? description, and therefore a contestable description, to say of every literary work that it creates a world – a description not merely contestable, in fact, but also false. I conclude, then, that pace Harries, we may still regard ordinary language and literary language as having essentially similar claims to refer to the world.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.69 of 5 – based on 5 votes