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Narrative, emotion, and insight

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Some artistic narratives are a source of valuable and bona fide philosophical

    insights. Some narrative artwork may even confirm the claims they advance.

    Sometimes engaging with artistic narratives puts us in a position to gain

    personal insights. In many cases our dealings with well-crafted narrative

    works of art—of various literary, dramatic, and musical kinds—enables

    us to achieve these philosophical and personal goods by tapping into, directing,

    and educating our emotions and, sometimes, our higher-order capacities

    for reflecting on our emotions. All of this can be so even though it is

    true—as many philosophers have been at pains to advertise—that certain

    fictionalizing tendencies that arise when thinking of our lives in overly literary

    ways, presents serious risks and dangers.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2012). Narrative, emotion, and insight. Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 121 (484), 1052-1055.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/714

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 1052

End Page


  • 1055

Volume


  • 121

Issue


  • 484

Abstract


  • Some artistic narratives are a source of valuable and bona fide philosophical

    insights. Some narrative artwork may even confirm the claims they advance.

    Sometimes engaging with artistic narratives puts us in a position to gain

    personal insights. In many cases our dealings with well-crafted narrative

    works of art—of various literary, dramatic, and musical kinds—enables

    us to achieve these philosophical and personal goods by tapping into, directing,

    and educating our emotions and, sometimes, our higher-order capacities

    for reflecting on our emotions. All of this can be so even though it is

    true—as many philosophers have been at pains to advertise—that certain

    fictionalizing tendencies that arise when thinking of our lives in overly literary

    ways, presents serious risks and dangers.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2012). Narrative, emotion, and insight. Mind: a quarterly review of philosophy, 121 (484), 1052-1055.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/714

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 1052

End Page


  • 1055

Volume


  • 121

Issue


  • 484