Chapter 4. Philosophy and/as/of Literature

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair2 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English3
  1. Arthur C. Danto

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch4

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Danto, A. C. (2010) Philosophy and/as/of Literature, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 3

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. Johnsonian Professor Emeritus in Philosophy, Columbia University, New york, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592



  • philosophy and/as/of literature;
  • philosophy-as-literature - philosophical texts, having at times a degree of literary merit;
  • classic texts of China, typically composed of conversational bits;
  • semantical theory - connecting literature to world through only kinds of connections it understands;
  • Wordsworth's poem “Written in March,” - Small clouds are sailing,/Blue skies prevailing;
  • Marcantonio Raimondi's Déjeuner sur l'herbe;
  • Aristotle writes “You might put the work of Herodotus into verse and it would still be a species of history”;
  • great paradigm for transfiguration - being Don Quixote