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A comprehensive study by one of its leading exponents of central issues in the philosophy of literature, including the idea of literature as art, the nature and ontology of literary works, the status of the author, the modes and assessment of literary interpretation, the nature of fiction and fictional characters, the role of truth and knowledge in the appreciation of literature, and the basis for literary evaluation. Throughout the book philosophical discussion is illustrated with examples from poems, novels and drama of all periods. The book not only presents and analyses a range of views on these and other topics but also develops its own distinctive point of view. What emerges is a definitive and authoritative characterisation of a relatively new but increasingly influential branch of aesthetics.
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"The image Lamarque offers is an extremely attractive one, and itreminds us of why this is such an exciting and important field.The Philosophy of Literature is a smart, original, anderudite book, and it deserves to be widely read. Philosophers ofliterature will not be able to live without it." (John Gibson,Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol 68, 2010)

"Peter Lamarque's splendid and informative book, ThePhilosophy of Literature ... is brimful with insights into thenature of literature, and into the debates between philosophersinterested in literature, and I cannot imagine anyone failing tolearn from it." (Simon Blackburn, British Journal ofAesthetics, Vol. 50, 2010)

"[Lamarque] is always admirably clear and the rich use ofliterary sources in this work to illustrate the philosophicalarguments also makes the book generally compelling reading. Fromthis viewpoint, the work deserves a wide readership and may behighly recommended not just to others working at the cutting edgein this field, but also to students at all levels of universitystudy and research and to the general educated reader." (DavidCarr, Analysis Reviews Vol 69, Number 3, July 2009)

"In its entirety, Lamarque’s book is a comprehensive studywhich is admirably sensitive to literary art. His philosophicalanalyses and the clarifying interplay between the philosophy ofliterature and literary criticism have significance not only tophilosophers but literary critics, too. Beyond this, Lamarque hasthe gift of treating complicated and subtle philosophical theoriesin a lucid and intelligible way… [B]esides introducing thecentral issues in the philosophy of literature the book also givesan extensive historical survey on the topics, which will make itvery useful for teaching. Philosophy of Literature is a workwhich advances strong theses and simultaneously pays respect toopposing views. Whether or not the reader agrees with the mainconclusions of the work, Lamarque’s lucid arguments arenourishment for the brain." (Philosophy & Literature,vol 33, 2009)

"Lamarque presents a thoughtfully measured approach to apotentially overwhelming topic." (CHOICE, March 2009)

"Appropriately for a book that presents itself as anintroduction to the field, Lamarque gives a historical overview ofvarious sub-topics in the philosophy of literature as well assupplementary readings for each chapter." (Notre DamePhilosophical Reviews, March 2009)

"An excellent introduction to the philosophy of literature or asan additional text for aesthetics or literature modules." (TimesHigher Education Supplement)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405121989
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 721,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Lamarque is Professor of Philosophy at the University of York. He is the author of Fictional Points of View (1996) and co-author, with Stein Haugom Olsen, of Truth, Fiction and Literature: A Philosophical Perspective (1994). He was editor of the British Journal of Aesthetics from 1995-2008, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. He edited Philosophy and Fiction (1983), Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Language (1997), and (with Stein Haugom Olsen) Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art: The Analytic Tradition, An Anthology (Blackwell, 2003).

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents.



1 Art.

2 Literature.

3 Authors.

4 Practice.

5 Fiction.

6 Truth.

7 Value.

Bibliography of works cited.

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