The Poetic of Reason: Introducing Rational Poetic Experimentalism


This book makes the attempt to wed reason and the poetic. The tool for this attempt is Rational Poetic Experimentalism (RPE), which is introduced and explored in this book. According to RPE, it makes sense to look for poetic elements in human reality (including reason), outside of the realm of imaginative literature. Provocatively, RPE contends that philosophy’s search for truth has not been a great success so far. So, why not experiment with philosophical concepts and look for thought-provoking ideas by employing the principles of RPE, instead of fruitlessly searching for truths using conventional methods?

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Stefán Snævarr is Professor of Philosophy at the Norway Inland University, Lillehammer, Norway. His main professional interests lie broadly within the field of aesthetics. His last book in English was Metaphors, Narratives, Emotions. Their Interplay and Impact (Rodopi, 2010).

Part A
Rational Poetic Experimentalism

Section I
Introducing the  rpe 

Introduction to Section i , Part a 

1Experimental Philosophy and the Literary
 Introducing the Literary

 Experiments and Philosophy

 Responses and Rejoinders


2 rpe  and Its Methodology
 Nozick’s Pluralist and Aesthetic View of Philosophy

 The Proliferation of Possibilities and the Destab

 Quasi-induction and Inference to the Least Bad Explanation

 Objections and Responses


Conclusion and Summary of Section i , Part a 

section II
Philosophy and Literature: The No-Gap Theory

Introduction to Section ii , Part a 

1Discussing Definitions Preparing the Ground for the No-Gap Theory
 The Concept of Philosophy

 The Concepts of the Literary and Imaginative Literature

 The Institutional Theory

 Amoebaean Concepts


2Fleshing Out the No-Gap Theory
 The Indicators

 The Similarities between Philosophy and Literature


3The No-Gap Theory and the Problem of Progress
 Cognitive Progress

 Williamson on Progress in Philosophy

 Other Thinkers on Progress

 Progress and the Proliferation of Possibilities

 Rejoinders and Responses


Conclusion and Summary of Section ii , Part a 

section III
Destabing and the Literary Factors

Introduction to Section  iii , Part a 

1The Might of Metaphors On Metaphorism
 Introduction to Metaphors and Max Black’s Theories

 The Tropical Side of Language

 Goodman on Metaphors

 Metaphorism: Generative Metaphorics

 Ricœur: Live Metaphors and Split Reference

 Ricœur: Emotions, Creativity, and Imagination

 Ricœur: The Cognitive Function of Metaphors

 The Alethetic Theory of Metaphoric Understanding

 Metaphors only Shadows of Literal Meaning?


2In the Beginning Was the Story On Narrativism
 Introducing Narratives and Stories

 The Narrativist Argument: Carr

 The Narrative Realist Argument: Dray and Schapp

 Blending Theory and Narrativism

 Mink and Narration as Cognition

 Ricœur and the Rule of Narratives

 The rpe and Narrativism

 Lamarque’s Criticism of Narrativism


3Is Reality a Fiction? On Fictionalism
 Introducing Fictionalism (and Its Forefathers)

 Walton and Make-Believe

 Different Kinds of Fictionalism

 Make-Believe and Mathematics

 Fictionalism and the rpe

 A Note on Imagination and Creativity

 Critical Comments


Conclusion and Summary of Section iii , Part a 

Part b 
The Poetic of Reason

section i
Introducing the Poetic of Reason

Introduction to Section i , Part b 

1Preliminary Notes on Reason
 Reason, Truth, and Evaluation

 Logic and Reason

 Induction and Abduction

 More about Deduction

 Rejoinders and Replies


2Linguistic Rationalism and the Nobel Art of Destabing
 Preparatory Notes on Some Analytical Schools

 Habermas, Apel, Reason, and Language

 Is Reason Really Rational?

 First Destabing: Language

 Second Destabing: Linguistic Rationalism

 Third Destabing: Practical Reason

 Rejoinders and Responses


3The Poetic of Models
 Metaphors and Models

 A Note on Metaphors, Causal Reference, and Generalizations

 Critics of Models and Metaphors

 Models as Fictions

 Models and Narratives: The Poetic of Science

 Responses to Possible Objections


4Relativism and Conceptual Schemes
 Relativism and Incommensurability

 Davidson’s Criticism of Incommensurabilism

 Defending Schemism


5The Reasons of Relativism, the Relativity of Reason
 Goodman and the Plurality of Worlds

 Margolis and Relativism

 Rorty and Relativism

 Lingualism, Science, Reality, Skepticism


6Rhetoric, Science, and Literature
 The Rhetoric of Science (Destabing Science)

 Novels as Models, Multivalentism and Literature


Conclusion and Summary of Section i , Part b 

section ii
The Poetic of Reason ( ii ): Feelings, Disclosure, Background

Introduction to Section ii , Part b 

 Emotions and Feelings: Cognitive Theories

 Goldie on Emotions, the Body, and Subjectivity

 Taylor’s Hermeneutic Cognitivism

 Feeling, Cognition, Art, Science, Values

 Intuition and Imagination


2The Poetic of Emotions
 Emotions and Metaphors

 Narratives and Emotions

 Fictions and the Meeting Places of the Threesome


3Deflated Disclosure
 Heidegger’s World Disclosure

 Introducing Deflated Disclosure

 Literature and f-d-e-Disclosing

 Disclosism and Rationality


4Background and Literature
 The Background

 The Literary Factors, Artworks, and the Ineffable


5The Amoebae of Reason Concluding Comments on Rationality
 Reason and the Poetic

 Rationality Again

 The Crossword Puzzle of Reason


Conclusion and Summary of Section ii , Part b 

Concluding the Book

Concluding the Experiments, Concluding the Book
 Conclusion of the Conclusion

A Concluding Personal Note



The primary readership consists of students, researchers and professors of philosophy, but could also include literary theorists and even psychologists.
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