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Fictions of Fact and Value – The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Fictions of Fact and Value: The Erasure of Logical Positivism in American Literature, 1945-1975

Michael LeMahieu


This book argues that the philosophy of logical positivism, considered the antithesis of literary postmodernism, exerts a determining influence on the development of American fiction in the three decades following 1945 in what amounts to a constitutive encounter between literature and philosophy at mid-century: after the end of the modernism, as it was traditionally conceived, but prior to the rise of postmodernism, as it came to be known. Two particular postwar literary preoccupations derive from logical positivist philosophy: the fact/value problem and the correlative distinction between sen ... More

Keywords: American fiction, post-45/postwar, logical positivism, postmodernism, fact/value problem, nonsense, intellectual history

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199890408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael LeMahieu, author
Clemson University

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