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Author Swirski, Peter, 1966-

Title Between literature and science : Poe and Lem / Peter Swirski.

Published Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  818.309 SWIRSKI    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  818.308 POE/ SWIR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 183 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Pragmatic Side of Aesthetics 3 -- 2 Towards a New Epistemology 27 -- 3 An Essay in Cosmology 49 -- 4 There Is Science in My Philosophy 71 -- 5 Future History of Biterature 92 -- 6 Of Machines and Men 116 -- Conclusion: No Discipline Is an Island 138.
Summary In Between Literature and Science Peter Swirski examines the intellectual scope of Edgar Allan Poe and Stanislaw Lem. Using a genuinely interdisciplinary approach he shows that they propose far-reaching hypotheses in aesthetics, epistemology, cognitive science, philosophy of science, literary studies, and pragmatics as well as in cosmology, artificial intelligence, and futurology. Swirski argues that previous studies of their science fiction works, in neglecting these broader philosophical and scientific ambitions, have misrepresented Poe and Lem's artistic achievements. His analysis leads to bold arguments about the nature of literature and its relation to a broad range of other disciplines.
Subject Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Lem, Stanisław -- Criticism and interpretation.
Literature and science.
ISBN 0773520430 (bound) $60.00
0773520783 (paperback) $24.95