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The Philosophical Novel

James Ryerson's article in the NYT Sunday Book Review, The Philosophical Novel, considers David Foster Wallace's contributions:
David Foster Wallace, who briefly attended the Ph.D. program in philosophy at Harvard after writing a first-rate undergraduate philosophy thesis (published in December by Columbia University Press as “Fate, Time, and Language ”), believed that fiction offered a way to capture the emotional mood of a philosophical work. The goal, as he explained in a 1990 essay in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, wasn’t to make “abstract philosophy ‘accessible’ ” by simplifying ideas for a lay audience, but to figure out how to recreate a reader’s more subjective reactions to a philosophical text.

[Thanks, Michael]

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 January 2011 21:00  

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