1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Topic description

This topic is both a philosophical examination of literature and an examination of how literature may contribute to philosophy. Specific issues and questions to be discussed will include: What makes a work of literature a work of art?; What makes something a work of literature?; How can readers respond emotionally to fictional characters?; Is one of the central values of literature to impart truths?; In what ways might literature as literature contribute to moral understanding?

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to:

  • Important questions in literary/philosophical aesthetics
  • The most influential critical theories of literature
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain the central philosophical issues and problems concerning literature discussed in the topic
  2. Critically assess the philosophical responses to the above problems
  3. Write clearly in responding to the questions in literary/philosophical aesthetics discussed in this topic