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The Relevance of RomanticismEssays on German Romantic Philosophy$
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Dalia Nassar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976201.001.0001

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On the Defense of Literary Value

On the Defense of Literary Value

From Early German Romanticism to Analytic Philosophy of Literature

(p.147) 8 On the Defense of Literary Value
The Relevance of Romanticism

Brady Bowman

Oxford University Press

Identifying cognition in general with propositional knowledge exposes the cognitive value of literature to abiding skepticism. This chapter argues that German romanticism has generated two competing views of the relation between literature and the overtly truth-seeking disciplines. One is a legacy of skepticism and antirealism that is powerless to give a positive account of literary value. The other is a complementarist legacy emphasizing literature’s cognitive priority to and its role as the cognitive fulfillment of discursive knowledge. This tradition offers important resources to aesthetic cognitivism for articulating and defending the value of literature and the institutions that support it.

Keywords:   Beauty and truth, cognitive value of literature, Erklären versus Verstehen, German idealism, German romanticism, literature and philosophy, literature and science, nonpropositional cognition, philosophy of literature, value of the humanities

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