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Commiserating With Devastated Things : Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking (Hardcover) (Jason
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Commiserating with Devastated Things seeks to understand the place Milan Kundera calls "the universe of the novel." Working through Kundera's oeuvre as well as the continental philosophical tradition, Wirth argues that Kundera transforms--not applies--philosophical reflection within literature.Reading between Kundera's work and his self-avowed tradition, from Kafka to Hermann Broch, Wirth asks what it might mean to insist that philosophy does not have a monopoly on wisdom, that the novel has its own modes of wisdom that challenge philosophy's.
This study will attempt to understand, through both a careful reading of Kundera's oeuvre as well as a consideration of the Continental philosophical tradition, the place that Kundera calls "the universe of the novel." I argue that Kundera transforms--not applies--philosophical reflection within the art form of the novel. As Kundera argued inThe Art of the Novel: "The moment it becomes part of a novel, reflection changes its essence. Outside the novel, we're in the realm of affirmation: everyone is sure of his statements: the politician, the philosopher, the concierge. Within the universe of the novel, however, no one affirms: it is the realm of play and of hypotheses. In the novel, then, reflection is essentially inquiring, hypothetical." This work is not a philosophical consideration of Kundera's work, but rather a reflection on the relationship between philosophy and the universe of the novel as it opens up in Kundera's writing. It does not seek to give philosophy the last word, but rather to open a space between these two universes and then to speak from it. Consideration is paid not only to Kundera's work, but to his self-avowed tradition, which includes Robert Musil, Franz Kafka, Witold Gombrowicz, and Hermann Broch. This book asks what it might mean to insist that philosophy does not have a monopoly on wisdom or to insist that the novel has its own modes of wisdom, modes that, in some respects, challenge those of philosophy.
Number of Pages: 227
Genre: Philosophy, Literary Criticism
Series Title: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy
Publisher: Fordham Univ Pr
Author: Jason M. Wirth
Street Date: November 19, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7451