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The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and Philosophy


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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521281232

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  • Literature and philosophy have long shared an interest in questions of truth, value, and form. And yet, from ancient times to the present, they have often sharply diverged, both in their approach to these questions and in their relationship to one another. Moreover, the vast differences among individual writers, historical periods, and languages pose challenges for anyone wishing to understand the relationship between them. This Introduction provides a synthetic and original guide to this vast terrain. It uncovers the deep interests that literature and philosophy share while offering a lucid account of their differences. It sheds new light on many standing debates and offers students and scholars of literary criticism, literary theory, and philosophy a chance to think freshly about questions that have preoccupied the Western tradition from its very beginnings up until the present.

    • Provides an original, synthetic overview of the relations between literature and philosophy from ancient times to the present
    • Covers a wide range of genres, historical periods, and topics revolving around questions of truth, value, and form
    • Includes sidebars featuring special topics, a glossary of keywords, and suggestions for further reading that accompany each chapter
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521281232
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Questions of Truth and Knowledge:
    1. The 'ancient quarrel'
    2. Action, imitations, conventions of make-believe
    3. The single observer standpoint and its limits
    4. Contingency, irony, edification: changing the conversation about truth
    Part II. Questions of Value:
    5. Values, contingencies, conflicts
    6. Reason and autonomy, imagination and feeling
    7. Forces and the will
    8. Opacity
    Part III. Questions of Form:
    9. Ubiquitous form
    10. Linguistic turns
    11. Form, narrative, novel
    12. Forms and fragments
    Afterword: limits.

  • Author

    Anthony J. Cascardi, University of California, Berkeley
    Anthony J. Cascardi is Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also holds the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair in Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, and Spanish. His many publications across the fields of literature and philosophy include The Subject of Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Consequences of Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics (2012), which was awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordon Prize by the Renaissance Society of America.

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