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Introduction

Richard Eldridge

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195182637
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195182637.003.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Introduction

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This introductory article explains the coverage of this book, which is about the relations of complementarity and opposition between philosophy and literature. This book explores the interests for human life of specific genres of literature, considers broad modes of attention that have marked off certain large cultural periods from one another, traces workings of certain central literary devices for achieving attention and evaluates the use of literature as a practice in relation to the practices of inquiry, morality and politics. It also discusses the significance of the works of some philosophers in analyzing literary practice.

Keywords: philosophy; literature; literary genre; attention; literary devices; morality; politics; literary practice

Article.  5947 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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