Asked in 2006 about the philosophical nature of his fiction, the late American writer David Foster Wallace replied, "If some people read my fiction and see it as fundamentally about philosophical ideas, what it probably means is that these are pieces where the characters are not as alive and interesting as I meant them to be."
Gesturing Toward Reality looks into this quality of Wallace's workwhen the writer dons the philosopher's capand sees something else. With essays offering a careful perusal of Wallace's extensive and heavily annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's influence on his fiction, and serious explorations into the moral and spiritual landscape where Wallace lived and wrote, this collection offers a perspective on Wallace that even he was not always ready to see. Since so much has been said in specifically literary circles about Wallace's philosophical acumen, it seems natural to have those with an interest in both philosophy and Wallace's writing address how these two areas come together.
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About the Author
Robert K. Bolger (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, USA) is the author of Kneeling at the Altar of Science: The Mistaken Path of Contemporary Religious Scientism.
Scott Korb teaches writing at New York University, the New School, and in Pacific University's MFA program (all USA). His books include The Faith Between Us, Life in Year One, and Light without Fire.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Chapter One. How We Ought To Do Things With Words
Chapter Two. The Subsurface Unity of All Things, Or David Foster Wallace's Free Will
Leland de la Durantaye
Chapter Three. A Less ‘Bullshitty' Way To Live: The Pragmatic Spirituality of David Foster Wallace
Robert K. Bolger
Chapter Four. This is Water and Religious Self-Deception
Chapter Five. Inside David Foster Wallace's Head: Attention, Loneliness, Suicide and the Other Side of Boredom
Chapter Six. The Lobster Considered
Robert C. Jones
Chapter Seven. The Terrible Master: David Foster Wallace and the Suffering of Consciousness (with Guest Arthur Schopenhauer)
Chapter Eight. Philosophy, Self-Help and the Death of David Wallace
Chapter Nine. Untrendy Problems: The Pale King's Philosophical Inspirations
Chapter Ten. The Formative Philosophical Influences of David Foster Wallace With Special Reference to The Broom of the System
Chapter Eleven. Beyond Philosophy: David Foster Wallace and the Dangers of Theorizing
Chapter Twelve. Good Faith and Sincerity: Sartrean Virtues of Self-Becoming in David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest
Allard den Dulk
Chapter Thirteen. Theories of Everything and More: Infinity Is Not The End
Ryan David Mullins
Chapter Fourteen. Does Language Fail Us? Wallace's Struggle with Solipsism