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The Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings - An Anthology

Eileen John (Editor), Dominic McIver Lopes (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-1209-3
384 pages
February 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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Essential readings in the philosophy of literature are brought together for the first time in this anthology.
  • Contains forty-five substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts
  • Provides a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past thirty years, including influential work on fiction, interpretation, metaphor, literary value, and the definition and ontology of literature
  • Includes an additional historical section featuring generous selections of the writings of early pioneers such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Hume
  • Serves as an ideal introduction to the philosophy of literature or the philosophy of art, as well as a handy compilation of contributions to the field by its leading figures
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Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I: Classic Sources.

Part II: Definition of Literature.

Part III: Ontology of Literature.

Part IV: Fiction.

Part V: Emotion.

Part VI: Metaphor.

Part VII: Interpretation.

Part VIII: Literary Values.

Index
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Eileen John is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville, specializing in aesthetics and philosophy of literature. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy and Literature, and The Henry James Review.

Dominic McIver Lopes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Understanding Pictures (1996) and co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (2000) and Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts (2003). He is also co-editor, with Berys Gaut, of the Blackwell series New Directions in Aesthetics.

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  • Collects together for the first time the essential readings in the philosophy of literature
  • Contains 45 substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts
  • Provides a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past 30 years, including influential work on fiction, interpretation, metaphor, literary value, and the definition and ontology of literature
  • Includes an additional historical section featuring generous selections of the writings of early pioneers such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Hume
  • Serves as an ideal introduction to the philosophy of literature or the philosophy of art, as well as a handy compilation of contributions to the field by its leading figures
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"This collection provides an ideal introduction to the issues that draw analytic philosophers to literature. It brings together an extraordinary array of the most vital, influential, and sophisticated essays published by philosophers of literature in the past three decades." Stephen Davies, University of Auckland <!--end-->


"These essays, taken together, constitute a serious and probing exploration of several of the most fundamental philosophical puzzles about literature. They are also accessible, engaging, and frequently a lot of fun. A superb collection!" Kendall Walton, University of Michigan

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