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The Philosophy of Literature

Essential readings in the philosophy of literature are brought together for the first time in this anthology.

  • Contains forty-five substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts
  • Provides a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past thirty years, including influential work on fiction, interpretation, metaphor, literary value, and the definition and ontology of literature
  • Includes an additional historical section featuring generous selections of the writings of early pioneers such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Hume
  • Serves as an ideal introduction to the philosophy of literature or the philosophy of art, as well as a handy compilation of contributions to the field by its leading figures