Narrative Representation and Phenomenological Knowledge

McGregor, Rafe (2015) Narrative Representation and Phenomenological Knowledge. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 94 (2). pp. 327-342. ISSN 0004-8402 DOI

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he purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that narrative representations can provide knowledge in virtue of their narrativity, regardless of their truth value. I set out the question in section 1, distinguishing narrative cognitivism from aesthetic cognitivism and narrative representations from non-narrative representations. Sections 2 and 3 argue that exemplary narratives can provide lucid phenomenological knowledge, which appears to meet both the epistemic and narrativity criteria for the narrative cognitivist thesis. In section 4, I turn to non-narrative representation, focusing on lyric poetry as presenting a disjunctive objection: either lucid phenomenological knowledge can be reduced to identification and fails to meet the epistemic criterion, or lucid phenomenological knowledge is provided in virtue of aesthetic properties and fails to meet the narrativity criterion. I address both of these problems in sections 5 and 6, and I close with a tentative suggestion as to how my argument for narrative cognitivism could be employed as an argument for aesthetic cognitivism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aesthetic cognitivism, narrative representation, phenomenological knowledge
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Law and Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 11:50

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