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The Philosophical Novel

  • Barry StockerEmail author
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Abstract

How the novel and philosophy may become the same and the limitations on such hopes. After a survey of examples, the chapter focuses on James Joyce’s relationship with Vico and Homer (continuing considerations in Chap.  2), Joyce’s relationship with Kierkegaard, Jane Austen’s relationship with ethics and Austen’s indirect relationship with Kierkegaard. The chapter considers both how the most obviously literary philosophical and philosophical literary works may be considered from a philosophical novel perspective, but also how a less obviously philosophical writer like Austen is full of philosophical insights. This continues considerations in the introduction on how ethics and the novel may be related.

Keywords

Giambattista vico James joyce Søren kierkegaard Jane austen Ethics Homer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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