On the Body of Literary Persuasion

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Title:On the Body of Literary Persuasion
Creators:
Mikkonen, Jukka; jukka dot mikkonen at uta dot fi; Department of Philosophy, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 47, 1, pp. 51-71
Uncontrolled Keywords:literature, fiction, Aristotle, enthymeme, literary fiction, truth in fiction

Abstract

In this paper, the author argues that literary works have distinct cognitive significance in changing their readers’ beliefs. In particular, he discusses ‘philosophical fictions’ and truthclaims that they may imply. Basing himself broadly on Aristotle’s view of the enthymeme, he argues that a work of literary fiction persuades readers of its truths by its dramatic structure, by illustrating or implying the suppressed conclusion (or other parts missing in the argument). Further, he suggests that it is exactly this ‘literary persuasion’ which distinguishes literary works from merely didactic works prone to overt ‘argumentation’ and instruction.

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Title:On the Body of Literary Persuasion
Creators:
Mikkonen, Jukka; jukka dot mikkonen at uta dot fi; Department of Philosophy, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland
Uncontrolled Keywords:literature, fiction, Aristotle, enthymeme, literary fiction, truth in fiction
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:47
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 51-71
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:5864
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:26 May 2010 17:10
Last Modified:26 May 2010 15:10

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Mikkonen, Jukka (2010) On the Body of Literary Persuasion. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 47 (1). pp. 51-71. ISSN 0014-1291

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