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Philosophy As Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust

Joshua Landy


This book outlines and elucidates the philosophy of Marcel Proust, arguing that it is coherent, compelling, and original. At the same time, it explains why Proust chose to embed this philosophy within a work of fiction, rather than presenting it in treatise form. The reason, it argues, is that the novel form allows Proust to offer implicit examples, both reinforcing and filling in the theory, often in highly subtle ways; to demand, in addition, specific types of careful attention from the reader, turning the engagement with his words into an experience of value in itself; and to place, finally ... More

Keywords: Marcel Proust, literature, training, perspective, self-fashioning, style, irony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195169393
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Landy, author
Stanford University
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