Literary Criticism 21: Academic Literary Study in a Pluralist World

43 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2012

Date Written: September 25, 2012

Abstract

At the most abstract philosophical level the cosmos is best conceptualized as containing various Realms of Being interacting with one another. Each Realm contains a broad class of objects sharing the same general body of processes and laws. In such a conception the human world consists of many different Realms of Being, with more emerging as human cultures become more sophisticated and internally differentiated. Common Sense knowledge forms one Realm while Literary experience is another. Being immersed in a literary work is not at all the same as going about one's daily life. Formal Literary Criticism is yet another Realm, distinct from both Common Sense and Literary Experience. Literary Criticism is in the process of differentiating into two different Realms, that of Ethical Criticism, concerned with matters of value, and that of Naturalist Criticism, concerned with the objective study of psychological, social, and historical processes.

Keywords: literature, philosophy, ontology, pluralism, object-oriented ontology, cognition, ethics, interpretation, computation, psychology

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Literary Criticism 21: Academic Literary Study in a Pluralist World (September 25, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2151930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2151930

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