Between Literature and Science

Poe, Lem, and Explorations in Aesthetics, Cognitive Science, and Literary Knowledge

Peter Swirski

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ISBN: 9780853239062

Publication: May 1, 2001

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In Between Literature and Science Peter Swirski examines the true intellectual scope of Edgar Allan Poe and Stanislaw Lem. His analysis of Poe’s little-studied Eureka provides the basis for his discussion of Lem’s critique of scientific reductionism and futurological forecasts. Swirski shows that Poe and Lem propose far-reaching hypotheses in aesthetics, epistemology, cognitive science and philosophy of science as well as in cosmology, artificial intelligence and futurology.

Introduction The Pragmatic Side of Aesthetics Towards a New Epistemology An Essay in Cosmology There is Science in My Philosophy The Future History of Biterature Of Machines and Men Conclusion: No Discipline is an Island Notes Bibliography Index

Breaking free of the doldrums of postmodernist thought, Swirski writes with directness and vigor, and gives new hope for the future of literary studies.
Jerrold Levinson  
University of Maryland

Between Literature and Science makes a significant contribution to Poe scholarship, Lem scholarship, literary theory, philosophy and literature, epistemology, and aesthetics... It stands out from the rank and file of academic books by virtue of the breadth and depth of the reading and thinking it exemplifies and conveys.
Paisley Livingston  
University of Aarhus

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

202 Pages

ISBN: 9780853239062

Publication: May 1, 2001

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