The Cognitive Value of Philosophical Fiction

2014.05.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jukka Mikkonen, The Cognitive Value of Philosophical Fiction, Bloomsbury, 2013, 225pp., $37.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.05.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jukka Mikkonen, The Cognitive Value of Philosophical Fiction, Bloomsbury, 2013, 225pp., $37.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781472579669. Reviewed by Wolfgang Huemer, Università di Parma At first glance, literature and philosophy seem to have a lot in common. Literary works of art -- very much like philosophical essays -- are intellectually stimulating and invite readers to reflect on issues that can become central for achieving a better understanding of one's own situation, the nature of interpersonal relations, the point of view of other people, the human nature, or (aspects of) our social and physical environment. Moreover, both use the same medium, language. Nonetheless, the relationship between the two has always been troublesome. When philosophers have turned their attention to literature, they have often voiced their reservations, reminding us that poets typically do not describe real people or events that. . .

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