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Fictive Narrative Philosophy: How Fiction Can Act as Philosophy

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2019.09.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Boylan, Fictive Narrative Philosophy: How Fiction Can Act as Philosophy, Routledge, 2019, 264pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138367333. Reviewed by Karen Simecek, University of Warwick In the latest addition to the Routledge Research in Aesthetics series, Michael Boylan presents a thesis on the use of narrative in philosophy; a pedagogy of fictive narrative or a 'narrative-based philosophy.' He argues that philosophical method and argumentation have been thought of in too limited a way as a priori deductive reasoning. His offering of 'fictive narrative philosophy' -- which is characterised as non-deductive and 'empirically suggestive indirect discourse' (p. 85) -- aims less at establishing universal, objective truths and more at philosophy as a personal project that shapes the way individuals think and act, which are essential for living well. In making his case, Boylan seeks to demonstrate that philosophy has tended to overlook the role of literary... Read More

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