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Description - Finding a Replacement for the Soul by Brett Bourbon

Approaching the study of literature as a unique form of the philosophy of language and mind - as a study of how we produce nonsense and imagine it as sense - this is a book about our human ways of making and losing meaning. Brett Bourbon asserts that our complex and variable relation with language defines a domain of meaning and being that is misconstrued and missed in philosophy, in literary studies, and in our ordinary understanding of what we are and how things make sense. Accordingly, his book seeks to demonstrate how the study of literature gives us the means to understand this relationship. The book itself is framed by the literary and philosophical challenges presented by Joyce's Finnegan's Wake and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. With reference to these books and the problems of interpretation and meaning that they pose, Bourbon makes a case for the fundamental philosophical character of the study of literature, and for its dependence on theories of meaning disguised as theories of mind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674012974
ISBN-10: 0674012976
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 290
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Brett Bourbon

Brett Bourbon is Assistant Professor of English at Stanford University.