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Arkadiusza Żychlińskiego laboratoria antropofikcji
Arkadiusz Żychliński’s Laboratories of Anthropofiction

Author(s): Łukasz Musiał
Subject(s): Philosophy, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Fiction, Applied Linguistics, Special Branches of Philosophy, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Philosophy of Language, Theory of Literature
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: philology; natural history; evolutionary psychology; fiction; narration

Summary/Abstract: This article polemicizes with Arkadiusz Żychliński’s book Laboratoria antropofikcji: Dociekania filologiczne [Laboratories of Anthropofiction: Philological Investigations], but Musiał also departs from Żychliński’s key concepts. First, he reconstructs the book’s main points, especially Żychliński’s claim that a person’s natural way of interacting with themselves, others and the world is so-called fabulation (i.e. creating a story), which is why homo sapiens as a species was able to surpass the role of being an object in the evolutionary experiment and instead became a conscious subject in it. Żychliński also makes an innovative contribution to traditional philology in that he brings it into conversation with analytical philosophy and the philosophy of language (Donald Davidson), philosophy of mind (Daniel C. Dennett), developmental and evolutionary psychology (Michael Tomasello), and ethology. In the second part of the article Musiał polemicizes with Żychliński’s main points, pointing out – with reference to contemporary cognitivistic theory and the theory of the ‘embodied mind’ – the non-communicative nature of his concept of philology (in broader terms: the notion of fiction).

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 196-212
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish