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From Philosophy of Science to Philosophy of Literature (and Back) via Philosophy of Mind: Philip Kitcher’s Philosophical Pendulum

Nanay, Bence (2013) From Philosophy of Science to Philosophy of Literature (and Back) via Philosophy of Mind: Philip Kitcher’s Philosophical Pendulum. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 28 (2). pp. 257-264. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

A recent focus of Philip Kitcher’s research has been, somewhat surprisingly in the light of his earlier
work, the philosophical analyses of literary works and operas. Some may see a discontinuity in Kitcher’s
oeuvre in this respect—it may be difficult to see how his earlier contributions to philosophy of science relate
to this much less mainstream approach to philosophy. The aim of this paper is to show that there is no
such discontinuity: Kitcher’s contributions to the philosophy of science and his more recent endeavors into
the philosophy of literature and of music are grounded in the same big picture attitude towards the human
mind—an attitude that he would undoubtedly call ‘pragmatic’: one that emphasizes the importance of those
mental processes that are not (or not entirely) rational.

El análisis filosófico de obras literarias y óperas se ha convertido en un objeto de estudio reciente para
Philip Kitcher, algo quizá sorprendente a la vista de su trabajo anterior. Hay quien puede percibir una discontinuidad
en la obra de Kitcher a este respecto: puede ser difícil apreciar cómo sus anteriores contribuciones
a la filosofía de la ciencia se relacionan con este otro tipo menos mayoritario de filosofía. El propósito
de este artículo es mostrar que no hay tal discontinuidad: las contribuciones de Kitcher a la filosofía de la
ciencia y sus empresas más recientes en filosofía de la literatura y de la música se basan en la misma visión
general del espíritu humano, una actitud que indudablemente él denominaría pragmática: enfatiza la importancia
de los procesos mentales que no son (o no completamente) racionales..


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Nanay, Bence
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Philip Kitcher; Philosophy of Literature; Philosophy of Science; Emotions; filosofía de la literatura; filosofía de la ciencia; emociones.
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 18:06
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 18:06
Item ID: 10174
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.6534
Date: May 2013
Page Range: pp. 257-264
Volume: 28
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10174

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