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Die Vielfalt der Erkenntnis: Eine Analyse des kognitiven Werts der Literatur, written by Íngrid Vendrell Ferran

In: Grazer Philosophische Studien
Author: Patrik Engisch1
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Paderborn: mentis Verlag, 2018. isbn: 978-3-95743-116-5.

Introduction

Can engagement with works of literary fiction result in some kind of cognitive improvement? This constitutes a long standing, and still very much disputed, question in philosophical aesthetics, whose origins can be traced back, at least, to Plato’s condemnation of the poets in the Republic. According to a certain ‘humanist conception’ of fictional literature (Gibson 2012), works of literary fiction can open for us windows on the real world, and by peering through them, we might learn about the world itself. This humanist conception, in other

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