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10/26/2005

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pete

Interesting. The philosopher Galen Strawson has an intriguing take on a narrative outlook on life vs. a non-narrative outlook, which you can read here: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/Philosophy/strawson/against_narrativity.pdf

I'd be curious to know your thoughts on this.

Johnny Crow

New to your blog, I would have to agree with you on this point. Just because Moody's Structure lies outside of the current form of standard fiction does not make it more real in any way that realism. It may offer us a different view point, but reality is in and of itslef is seen from different viewpoints and is never quite the same as anyone elses.

Dan Green

Pete: I'm familiar with Strawson's discussion of that. He contends that some people think of their lives as an ongoing story, while others do not. The latter group experience some disjunction in their sense of self over time. "Me" now is not "me" then. Or at least I do not now entirely recognize the "me" from the earlier time.

I haven't entirely worked out how this might apply to literature, except to say that stories in the conventional sense are not the only way to make sense of experience.

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