In An Ancient Quarrel Continued, Louis Mackey argues that the relationship of philosophy with the literary arts is more intimate, more problematic, and more interesting than its relationship with the sciences. Employing the methods of philosophical analysis, as well as critical reading, traversing the realms of literary theory and philosophical fiction, Mackey characterizes a philosophy more acutely conscious of its own textuality and of its reliance on literary forms it ordinarily regards as merely decorative. Mackey shows that the real philosophical interest of literature lies not in what it says, but in the way it creatively molds and modifies the topics of discourse common to philosophy and the other verbal arts.
Louis Mackey is Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 The Philosophy of Genre and the Genre of Philosophy Chapter 3 Kant, Vaihinger, and the Fiction of Philosophy Chapter 4 Poetry, History, Truth, and Redemption Chapter 5 Anatomical Curiosities: Northrop Frye's Theory of Criticism Chapter 6 The Preface of the Question: An Entertainment Chapter 7 Theory and Practice in the Rhetoric of I.A. Richards Chapter 8 Sounding Brass. Tinkling Symbols. Chapter 9 Eros into Logos: The Rhetoric of Courtly Love Chapter 10 Allegories of Reading in Robert Coover's Exemplary Fictions Chapter 11 Pieces of Pynchon Chapter 12 The Name of the Book Chapter 13 Seeing Things as They Aren't: The Case of Science Fiction Chapter 14 A Nicer Knowledge of Belief Chapter 15 Philosophy: To Be Continued Chapter 16 Notes Chapter 17 Index