SERIES EDITOR:  Hugh J. Silverman


Dialectic and Narrative

-- Thomas Flynn and Dalia Judovitz, eds.


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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), the plam has been awarded to dialectic as the proper instrument of rational discourse.

The matter becomes more complicated when we recognize the various uses of the term "dialectic," some of which complement and even overlap the narrative domain.   By confronting these concepts with one another, the following essays not only raise anew the ancient questions of the identities of philosophy and literature, bu do so in the context of the "postmodern" challenges to their relative autonomy.



Editor's Introduction
I.  Philosophy and Literature: Crossing Borders
1. The Philosophy of Genre and the Genre of Philosophy
Louis Mackey
2. Helen and the Rape of Narrative: The Politics of Dissuasion
James I. Porter
II.  The Poetic and the Political: Martin Heidegger
3. Two Faces of Heidegger
Graeme Nicholson
4. Repositioning Heidegger
Herman Rapaport
5. Stevens, Heidegger, and the Dialectics of Abstraction and Empathy in Poetic Language
Matthias Konzett
6. Acoustics: Heidegger and Nietzsche on Words and Music
Dennis J. Schmidt
III.  Contesting Modernities
7. Modernity and Postmodernity
Fred Dallmayr
8. Secularization and the Disenchantment of the World
A. J. Cascardi
9. Modernity and the Misrepresentation of Representation
Steven David Ross
10. Narrative, Dialectic, and Irony in Jameson and White
Candance D. Lang
IV.  Legitimacy and Truth
11. Reflections on the Anthropocentric Limits of Scientific Realism:  Blumenberg on Myth, Reason, and the Legitimacy of the Modern Age
David Ingram
12. Blumenberg's Third Way:  Between Habermas and Gadamer
Robert M. Wallace
13. History, Art, and Truth:  Wellmer's Critique of Adorno
Lambert Zuidervaart
V.  Narrative Fictions:  Theaters of Danger
14. Tragic Fiction of Identity and the Narrative Self
Dana Rudelic
15. Ethical Ellipsis in Narrative
Carol L. Bernstein
16. Dialectics of Experience: Brecht and the Theater of Danger
David Halliburton
VI.  Beyond Dialectics: At the Limits of Formalization
17. At the Limits of Formalization
Joseph Arsenault and Tony Brinkley
18. On Fate: Psychoanalysis and the Desire to Know
Charles Shepardson

Notes on Contributors
Notes on Editors


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