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Between literature and science : Poe, Lem, and explorations in aesthetics, cognitive science, and literary knowledge

Author: Peter Swirski
Publisher: Montreal ; Ithica, [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, ©2000.
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"Through close analysis of Eureka and The Purloined Letter, Peter Swirski evaluates Poe's epistemological theses in the light of contemporary philosophy of science and presents literary interpretation as a cooperative game played by the author and reader, thereby illuminating how we read fiction. The analysis of Poe's little-studied Eureka provides the basis for his discussion of Lem's critique of scientific  Read more...
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Named Person: Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe; Edgar Allan Poe; Stanisław Lem; Edgar Allan Poe; Stanislaw Lem; Edgar Allan Poe; Stanis·law Lem; Lem, Stanislaw <1921-> - Critique et interprétation.; Poe, Edgar Allan <1809-1849> - Critique et interprétation.; Stanisław Lem; Edgar Allan Poe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Swirski
ISBN: 0773520430 9780773520431 0773520783 9780773520783
OCLC Number: 43279743
Description: xviii, 183 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1 Pragmatic Side of Aesthetics 3 --
2 Towards a New Epistemology 27 --
3 An Essay in Cosmology 49 --
4 There Is Science in My Philosophy 71 --
5 Future History of Biterature 92 --
6 Of Machines and Men 116 --
Conclusion: No Discipline Is an Island 138.
Responsibility: Peter Swirski.

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"Through close analysis of Eureka and The Purloined Letter, Peter Swirski evaluates Poe's epistemological theses in the light of contemporary philosophy of science and presents literary interpretation as a cooperative game played by the author and reader, thereby illuminating how we read fiction. The analysis of Poe's little-studied Eureka provides the basis for his discussion of Lem's critique of scientific reductionism and futurological forecasts. Drawing on his own interviews with Lem as well as analysis of his works, Swirski considers the author's scenarios involving computers capable of creative acts and discusses their socio-cultural implications. His analysis leads to bold arguments about the nature of literature and its relation to a broad range of other disciplines."--Jacket.

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