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The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Literature

  • Barry Stocker
  • Michael Mack

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Barry Stocker
    Pages 1-37
  3. Philosophy as Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. S. Montgomery Ewegen
      Pages 41-59
    3. Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei
      Pages 99-122
    4. Guy Elgat
      Pages 143-162
  4. Philosophy of Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Tudor Balinisteanu
      Pages 165-183
    3. Michael Weinman
      Pages 185-202
    4. Lior Levy
      Pages 203-220
    5. Mathew Abbott
      Pages 221-239
    6. Barry Stocker
      Pages 241-261
    7. Marsha S. Collins
      Pages 263-291
  5. Philosophical Aesthetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Jukka Mikkonen
      Pages 295-314
    3. Hanna Meretoja
      Pages 341-364

About this book


This comprehensive Handbook presents the major perspectives within philosophy and literary studies on the relations, overlaps and tensions between philosophy and literature. Drawing on recent work in philosophy and literature, literary theory, philosophical aesthetics, literature as philosophy and philosophy as literature, its twenty-nine chapters plus substantial Introduction and Afterword examine the ways in which philosophy and literature depend on each other and interact, while also contrasting with each other in that they necessarily exclude or incorporate each other. This book establishes an enduring framework for structuring the broad themes defining the relations between philosophy and literature and organising the main topics in the field.

Key Features

•       Structured in five parts addressing philosophy as literature, philosophy of literature, philosophical aesthetics, literary criticism and theory, and main areas of work within philosophy and literature

•       An Introduction setting out the main concerns of the field through discussion of the major themes along with the individual topics

•       An Afterword looking at the interactions between philosophy and literature through itself enacting philosophical and literary writing while examining the question of how they can be brought together

The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy and Literature is an essential resource for scholars, researchers and advanced students in philosophy of literature, philosophy as literature, literary theory, literature as philosophy, and the philosophical aesthetics of literature. It is an ideal volume for researchers, advanced students and scholars in philosophy, literary studies, philosophy and literature, cultural studies, classical studies and other related fields.  


aesthetics Cultural Studies drama ethics history of philosophy Immanuel Kant Kant law literary studies literature philosophy postcolonialism Renaissance rhetoric Romanticism

Editors and affiliations

  • Barry Stocker
    • 1
  • Michael Mack
    • 2
  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Durham UniversityDurhamUK

About the editors

Barry Stocker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities and Social Science, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. He is the author of Derrida on Deconstruction (2006) and Kierkegaard on Politics (2014). He is the editor of Post-Analytic Tractatus (2004) and Derrida: Basic Writings (2007). He is the co-editor of Nietzsche as Political Philosopher (2014).

Michael Mack is Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of English Studies, Durham University, UK. He is author of six single authored monographs, including Contaminations: Beyond Dialectics in Modern Literature, Science and Film (2016), How Literature Changes the Way We Think (2012), Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity (2010) and German Idealism and the Jew (2003).

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