Philosophy, Literature, and Understanding: On Reading and Cognition

Jukka Mikkonen

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Challenging existing methodological conceptions of the analytic approach to aesthetics, Jukka Mikkonen brings together philosophy, literary studies and cognitive psychology to offer a new theory on the cognitive value of reading fiction.

Philosophy, Literature and Understanding defends the epistemic significance of narratives, arguing that it should be explained in terms of understanding rather than knowledge. Mikkonen formulates understanding as a cognitive process, which he connects to narrative imagining in order to assert that narrative is a central tool for communicating understanding. Demonstrating the effects that literary works have on their readers, he examines academic critical analysis, responses of the reading public and nonfictional writings that include autobiographical testimony to their writer's influences and attitudes to life. In doing so, he provides empirical evidence of the cognitive benefits of literature and of how readers demonstrate the growth of their understanding.

By drawing on the written testimony of the reader, this book is an important intervention into debates on the value of literature that incorporates understanding in new and imaginative ways.
FörlagBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (tryckt)9781350163966
ISBN (elektroniskt)9781350163980, 9781350163973
Status!!Accepted/In press - 8 apr. 2021
Externt publiceradJa
MoE-publikationstypC1 Separata vetenskapliga böcker

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