Philosophical Interpretation in Literature: A Critical Study

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Dr. Sankhang Basumatary


Some of the great philosophers have also been great literary artists’-viz. Plato, Descartes, et al., whereas some of the renowned literary artists have been famous for their philosophical positions such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, et al. who engage with literary tools to convey their philosophical ideas and vice versa highlight a fine blending of philosophy and literature. In the connection, the study will focus on the works of these philosophers and literary artists concerning following questions—how do they convey philosophical ideas through literary works? Do all philosophical concepts get reflected in literary works explicitly or only a few concepts? If so, which are those philosophical concepts and what makes them philosophically relevant? The main purpose of the study therein is to analyze the philosophical concepts employed by their literary works through which they convey some of their philosophical positions. Although the philosophical concepts are conveyed in the novels and biographical or autobiographical works are not as vivid as could be in a philosophical texts. The significance of this work, however, lies not on understanding the philosophical concept in isolation, but in employing the same in the form of a literary work and certain literary technique.

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