Dear Blue and Ton
Gegenwärtig lese ich gerade Atlantis von Hauptmann, sodaß der "Hauptmann- spezifische" Kommentar an etwas späterer Stelle erscheinen wird. Im allg. teile ich die Auffassung Blue´s hinsichtlich der Verbindung zwischen Literatur und Philosophie, wobei ich noch eine best. Passage unterstreichen möchte, auf die sich Blue bezieht:
In Antwort auf:
The point is not that the philosopher has to write about literature; instead, the point may be that he re-thinks the very knot of relations between philosophy and literature. It is sometimes not the investigation of how philosophy approaches its "object" and "sharpens" its philosophical "tools" (Hegel) that lies at the heart of the question; it may also lie in the relations between the two.
Rorty's account of the relationship between philosophy and literature, while convincing, is perhaps too simple. It is similar to the approach taken by Zygmunt Bauman in Intimations of Postmodernity, where it is suggested that, in the past, philosophy and literature (when the former was still Philosophy) stood on opposite sides of a dichotomy, paradigmatic cases of the oppositions subjective/objective, rational/irrational, scientific/non-scientific, doxa/episteme (opinion and knowledge), contingent/universal, and historical/ahistorical (and still earlier the opposition of logos and mythos, that is to say, philosophers and poets). Nowadays - if one were to abandon the traditional account of truth, objectivity and rationality - philosophy would not stand on the side of the objective, the rational, and the atemporal. One side of the dichotomy would have to disappear, and the dichotomy itself would share its fate. So what might separate philosophy and literature today? The answer common to Rorty and Bauman is different books, different traditions, and, finally, a different history; for philosophy, like literature, cannot escape from its history and historicity, although it is sometimes difficult to remember that (the philosophy of Rorty himself is just a "contingent" product of liberal American culture of the end of the twentieth century). It so happened, but it could have happened in a quite different way.
A brave man once requested me
to answer questions that are key
is it to be or not to be
and I replied:"so why ask me?"
TemporarySilent, 09.06.2005 17:48