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The Mimetic Aspect of Literature

Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen

in Truth, Fiction, and Literature

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236818
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679377 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236818.003.0016

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

The Mimetic Aspect of Literature

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Thematic statements and thematic concepts are integrated into philosophical discourse in a different way from that of the discourse belonging to literary practice. Of course, there are analogies between philosophical and literary discourse. In philosophical works thematic statements and thematic concepts are applied in the discussion of examples just as in literary interpretation they are applied in the discussion of fictional situations. However, this chapter argues that this does not turn philosophical discourse into literature nor literature into philosophy, no matter how complex the examples become.

Keywords: thematic concepts; thematic statements; literature; philosophy

Chapter.  16906 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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