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Fictive narrative philosophy : how fiction can act as philosophy

Author: Michael Boylan
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: Routledge research in aesthetics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is the philosophical voice within literature? Does literature have a voice of its own? Can this voice really be philosophical in its own right? In this book, Michael Boylan argues that some literary works indeed can make their own unique claims in different areas of philosophy. He calls this method fictive narrative philosophy. The first part of the book presents an overview of traditional thinking about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Boylan
ISBN: 9781138367333 1138367338
OCLC Number: 1056200767
Description: viii, 264 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The structure of the traditional paradigm --
Narrative fiction as philosophically interpreted in the ancient western world --
Narrative fiction as philosophically interpreted in the modern and contemporary western world --
The structure of the new paradigm --
What makes an artifact philosophy? --
Literature as philosophy --
The special logic of fictive narrative philosophy --
Constructional devices --
How do we judge fictive narrative philosophy? --
When should we use direct discourse philosophy and when fictive narrative philosophy? --
How might fictive narrative philosophy change the academy? --
First order metaethical principles: my own philosophical work on ethics and personhood theory as a first step for ethics & fictive narrative philosophy --
My own work in fictive narrative philosophy.
Series Title: Routledge research in aesthetics.
Responsibility: by Michael Boylan.

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What is the philosophical voice within literature? Does literature have a voice of its own? Can this voice really be philosophical in its own right? In this book, Michael Boylan argues that some literary works indeed can make their own unique claims in different areas of philosophy. He calls this method fictive narrative philosophy. The first part of the book presents an overview of traditional thinking about philosophy and literature across classical, modern, and contemporary periods. It does not seek to denigrate these methods of studying literature, but rather to ask more of them. The second part then sets out a rigorous definition of what constitutes fictive narrative philosophy. This definition outlines detailed conceptions of the methods of presentation, audience engagement, logical mechanics, and constructional devices of fictive narrative philosophy. The author brings this definition to bear on individual authors and works that can be considered prime examples of fictive narrative philosophy. Finally, the book sets out why and when fictive narratives might be more favorable than traditional philosophical discourse, and how the concept of fictive narrative philosophy can move teaching and scholarship forward in a positive direction. The first part of the book presents an overview of traditional thinking about philosophy and literature across classical, modern, and contemporary periods. It does not seek to denigrate these methods of studying literature, but rather to ask more of them. The second part then sets out a rigorous definition of what constitutes fictive narrative philosophy. This definition outlines detailed conceptions of the methods of presentation, audience engagement, logical mechanics, and constructional devices of fictive narrative philosophy. The author brings this definition to bear on individual authors and works that can be considered prime examples of fictive narrative philosophy. Finally, the book sets out why and when fictive narratives might be more favorable than traditional philosophical discourse, and how the concept of fictive narrative philosophy can move teaching and scholarship forward in a positive direction. -- Provided by publisher.

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