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Gudomligt kaos och mänsklig ordning : om filosofi, litteratur och teologi

Fridlund, Patrik LU (2015) In Svensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift 90(4). p.170-178
Abstract
It can be said that literary texts do not have any obligation to reality, and that literature destabilises our relation to normal use of words and to established perspectives. Literature is in relation with something that cannot be explained or conceptualised. In this respect literature is close to religion. Literature invites us to believe in something that is unreal and beyond ordinary life. In literature we are confronted with something different and hence ordinary meaning of words, normal understandings and every clear defintion of concepts are shaken and brought to the field of uncertainties. In this particular respect, literture is very close to religion. At least that is so in Elisabeth Løvlie’s reading of Jacques Derrida and... (More)
It can be said that literary texts do not have any obligation to reality, and that literature destabilises our relation to normal use of words and to established perspectives. Literature is in relation with something that cannot be explained or conceptualised. In this respect literature is close to religion. Literature invites us to believe in something that is unreal and beyond ordinary life. In literature we are confronted with something different and hence ordinary meaning of words, normal understandings and every clear defintion of concepts are shaken and brought to the field of uncertainties. In this particular respect, literture is very close to religion. At least that is so in Elisabeth Løvlie’s reading of Jacques Derrida and literature. This could be seen as in radical contrast to philosophy aiming at clarity and a rigorous use of concepts. I argue that many of the characteristics of literature that Løvlie underlines, also apply to philosophical writing. Concurrently, I argue that also literature indeed is connected to reality and indeed wants to say something about our world. I contend that philosophy can benefit from a deeper understanding of the parallels and similarities between philosophical writing and literature. (Less)
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clarity of meaning, fiction and non-fiction, literature and philosophy, Jacques Derrida, Elisabeth Løvlie
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Svensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift
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90
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4
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170 - 178
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Gleerups Utbildning AB
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0039-6761
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English
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  series       = {Svensk Teologisk Kvartalskrift},
  title        = {Gudomligt kaos och mänsklig ordning : om filosofi, litteratur och teologi},
  volume       = {90},
  year         = {2015},
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