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Enactment or exploration: Two roles for philosophy in the novel of ideas.

Nordberg, D., 2022. Enactment or exploration: Two roles for philosophy in the novel of ideas. Philosophy and Literature. (In Press)

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Abstract

This article examines the often-denigrated concept of the novel of ideas through its inception, its critical decline, and relatively recent revival. Using a variant of the exploitation-exploration dilemma in psychology, it suggests that early usage referred to works that exploit philosophical principles – or better put, enact them – by setting philosophical positions in conflict. By contrast, use of the concept for other, and especially more recent works sees characters and plots as exploring philosophical stances. The shift corresponds with the greater attention paid to complexity and ambiguity that are hallmarks of continental philosophy and neopragmatism, and with it greater need to explore philosophical stances through fiction.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0190-0013
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:36300
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:26 Nov 2021 11:53
Last Modified:26 Nov 2021 11:53

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