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Literature and Rationality - Ideas of Agency in Theory and Fiction (Electronic book text)
Literature and Rationality - Ideas of Agency in Theory and Fiction (Electronic book text): Paisley Livingston

Literature and Rationality - Ideas of Agency in Theory and Fiction (Electronic book text)

Paisley Livingston

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This interdisciplinary study establishes connections between divergent approaches to rationality in philosophy, social science, and literary studies. Livingston provides a broad survey of the basic assumptions and questions associated with concepts of rationality in philosophical accounts of action, in decision theory, and in the theory of rational choice. He gives examples of the ways in which rationality is involved in the writing and reading of literary works, ranging from Icelandic sagas to Beckett, Dreiser, Lem, Poe and Zola. Topics examined include the role of concepts of desire, intention, and planning in action explanations, the relation between cognition and motivation, the rationality of desire, atomic versus agential perspectives on rationality, the rationality of groups and institutions, and the question of the rationality of science.

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Imprint: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2009
Authors: Paisley Livingston
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-0-511-51865-2
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary theory
LSN: 0-511-51865-X
Barcode: 9780511518652

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