Dialectic and Narrative

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Thomas R. Flynn, Dalia Judovitz
SUNY Press, Jul 1, 1993 - Philosophy - 382 pages
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Dialectic and narrative reflect the respective inclinations of philosophy and literature as disciplines that fix one another in a Sartrean gaze, admixing envy with suspicion. Ever since Plato and Aristotle distinguished scientific knowledge (episteme) from opinion (doxa) and valued demonstration through formal final causes over emplotment (mythos), the palm has been awarded to dialectic as the proper instrument of rational discourse, the arbiter of coherence, consistency, and ultimately of truth. The matter becomes more complicated when we recognize the various uses of the term "dialectic" in the tradition, some of which complement and even overlap the narrative domain. By confronting these concepts with one another, either de facto or ex professo, the following essays not only raise anew the ancient questions of the identities of philosophy and literature, but do so in the context of recent "postmodern" challenges to their relative autonomy. -- Back cover.
 

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Contents

The Philosophy of Genre and the Genre of Philosophy
5
Helen and the Rape of Narrative The Politics of Dissuasion
21
The Poetic and the Political
43
Two Faces of Heidegger
47
Repositioning Heidegger
57
Stevens Heidegger and the Dialectics of Abstraction and Empathy in Poetic Language
67
Acoustics Heidegger and Nietzsche on Words and Music
83
Contesting Modernities
101
Blumenbergs Third Way Between Habermas and Gadamer
185
History Art and Truth Wellmers Critique of Adorno
197
Narrative Fictions Theaters of Danger
213
Tragic Fiction of Identity and the Narrative Self
217
Ethical Ellipsis in Narrative
225
Dialectics of Experience Brecht and the Theater of Danger
233
Beyond Dialectics At the Limits of Formalization
253
At the Limits of Formalization
257

Modernity and Postmodernity
105
Secularization and the Disenchantment of the World
121
Modernity and the Misrepresentation of Representation
139
Narrative Dialectic and Irony in Jameson and White
151
Legitimacy and Truth
161
Reflections on the Anthropocentric Limits of Scientific Realism Blumenberg on Myth Reason and the Legitimacy of the Modern Age
165
On Fate Psychoanalysis and the Desire to Know
271
Notes
303
Notes on Contributors
369
Notes on Editors
373
Index
375
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Thomas R. Flynn is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and former Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Emory University. He is the author of Sartre and Marxist Existentialism: The Test Case of Collective Responsibility.

Dalia Judovitz is Associate Professor in the French and Italian Department at Emory University. She is the author of Subjectivity and Representation in Descartes: The Origins of Modernity.

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