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Philosophy of Literature

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3363-3
152 pages
June 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Philosophy of Literature presents six newly-commissioned essays from international scholars that address some of the key issues relating to the philosophy of literature, a thriving and increasingly influential branch of aesthetics
  • Features a half dozen newly commissioned articles from leading scholars in the field of philosophy of literature
  • Focuses on a branch of aesthetics that has not received the attention it deserves
  • Includes a reading on the historical relationship between philosophy and literature with recent developments and projections for the future
  • Contributors include Peter Lamarque (University of York), Peter Kivy (Rutgers University, USA) and Stein Haugom Olsen (University of Bergen, Norway)
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Table of Contents

1. Literature, Knowledge, and the Aesthetic Attitude (M. W. Rowe, University of East Anglia).

2. The Elusiveness of Poetic Meaning (Peter Lamarque, University of York).

3. Fictional Form and Symphonic Structure: An Essay in Comparative Aesthetics (Peter Kivy, Rutgers University).

5. Criticism of Literature and Criticism of Culture (Stein Haugom Olsen, University of Bergen).

6. Incense and Insensibility: Austin on the ‘non-seriousness’ of poetry (Maximilian de Gaynesford, University of Reading).

7. Philosophy and Literature: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Martin Warner, University of Warwick).


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Author Information

Severin Schroeder is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. He is the author of three books on the philosophy of Wittgenstein: Das Privatsprachen-Argument, Schöningh (1998), Wittgenstein: The Way Out of the Fly-Bottle (2006), and Wittgenstein lesen (2009). He is also the editor of Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind (2001).
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