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Questionable Form: An Inquiry into the Relationship between Philosophy and Literature

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dc.contributor.advisor Rawlinson, Mary C en_US
dc.contributor.author Jaima, Amir Rauf Alduha en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:50:49Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:50:49Z
dc.date.issued 2014-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76619 en_US
dc.description 210 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract Through a comparative reading of philosophical and literary texts, I examine the distinction between the projects and practices of philosophy and literature. I argue that, like philosophy, novels make arguments and explicitly engage the range of philosophical questions; and like literature, essential elements of philosophy include aesthetic considerations. Moreover, the presumed distinction between philosophy and literature does a disservice to both. If we overlook the literary qualities of philosophy, we risk relegating to the margins important contributions to traditional philosophical problems; and if we overlook the philosophical qualities of literature, we risk passing over some of the most profound elements of art and culture. This claim, however, implies far more than that philosophers should aspire to be better writers, or that scholars should read more fiction and poetry. I conclude with a sketch of the ethical and political implications of this project. If ' literature' is shorthand for essential philosophical considerations, philosophy will need to redraw the cultural boundaries of the philosophical community, and reevaluate what kinds of discourses and texts contribute to traditional theoretical projects. Specifically, voices explicitly defined by their particularity--e.g. race, gender, sexuality, nationality, socio-economic position, and historical situation--will increase prominence, and productively decentralize and democratize the practice and project of philosophy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy en_US
dc.subject.other Literature, Marcel Proust, Philosophy en_US
dc.title Questionable Form: An Inquiry into the Relationship between Philosophy and Literature en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Craig, Megan en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Casey, Edward en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Harvey, Robert en_US

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