New PDF release: A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (Blackwell

By Walter Jost, Garry L. Hagberg

ISBN-10: 1405141700

ISBN-13: 9781405141703

This huge selection of new and up to date essays from a world staff of eminent students represents the easiest modern severe considering when it comes to either literary and philosophical stories 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 mixture of analytical precision and literary richness* Represents an unprecedented paintings of reference for college kids and experts alike, excellent for direction use

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Distinct again from this is a third kind of presentation, and I understand the idea of “ontological function” in terms of this third kind. Here what is presented is not just the characteristics of a certain type of person, but of any person; not just the characteristics of a certain type of human predicament, but of the human predicament itself. This third kind of presentation is “ontological” because it is about how things ultimately are, about the nature of human being in general, about that realm where being reaches its ground.

Harries is trying to show that rejecting the claim that ordinary language refers to an objective world, to something beyond itself, does not necessitate maintaining the claim that the language of a literary text refers only to that text and not to a world beyond the text. If you like, intertextuality as the essence of ordinary language does not imply intertextuality as the essence of literary language. It is important for my purposes to realize that Harries’ argument is unsound, and that ordinary and literary language cannot thus be prized apart.

Moreover, even science fiction is still “about” our world in an intelligible way. 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.

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