An epistemological basis for linking philosophy and literature

Tzachi Zamir*

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In this article I attempt to present an explanation that integrates the five features needed for the cognitive (knowledge-yielding) linking of philosophy and literature. These features are, first, explaining how a literary work can support a general claim. Second, explaining what is uniquely gained through concentrating on such support patterns as they appear in aesthetic contexts in particular. Third, explaining how features of aesthetic response are connected with knowledge. Four, maintaining a distinction between manipulation and adequate persuasion. Five, achieving all this without invoking what David Novitz has called "a shamelessly functional and didactic view of literature."

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)321-336
Number of pages16
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Literature and knowledge
  • Philosophy and literature
  • Rhetoric


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