How Literature Changes the Way We Think Michael Mack

ISBN: 9781283380416

Published: January 1st 2011

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208 pages


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How Literature Changes the Way We Think  by  Michael Mack

How Literature Changes the Way We Think by Michael Mack
January 1st 2011 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 208 pages | ISBN: 9781283380416 | 3.15 Mb

The capacity of the arts and the humanities, and of literature in particular, to have a meaningful societal impact has been increasingly undervalued in recent history. Both humanists and scientists have tended to think of the arts as a means toMoreThe capacity of the arts and the humanities, and of literature in particular, to have a meaningful societal impact has been increasingly undervalued in recent history.

Both humanists and scientists have tended to think of the arts as a means to represent the world via imagination. Mack maintains that the arts do not merely describe our world but that they also have the unique and underappreciated power to make us aware of how we can change accustomed forms of perception and action. Mack explores the works of prominent writers and thinkers, including Nietzsche, Foucault, Benjamin, Wilde, Roth, and iek, among others, to illustrate how literature interacts with both people and political as well as scientific issues of the real world.

By virtue of its distance from the real world-its virtuality-the aesthetic has the capability to help us explore different and so far unthinkable forms of action and thereby to resist the repetition and perpetuation of harmful practices such as stereotyping, stigma, exclusion, and the exertion of violence.



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