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William Faulkner as a Philosophical Writer
William Faulkner as a Philosophical Writer

Author(s): Iwona Szydłowska
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Metaphysics, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Existentialism, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej
Keywords: literature; philosophy; Faulkner; metaphysics; linguistics; ethics; religion; existentialism;

Summary/Abstract: This article raises the problem of philosophical aspects of William Faulkner’s works. It is intended first of all to review in brief the place of philosophy in literature and to prove that William Faulkner deserves a special place among philosophical writers such as Kierkegaard, Marcel and Sartre. Although not sufficiently recognized as a philosophical writer, William Faulkner is among those who have successfully introduced philosophical ideas into their novels. This article intends to bear out that Faulkner’s novels do not only consider some fundamental philosophical concepts but also open the door to further philosophical debates. The first, shortest part of this work is a presentation of the philosophical discussion concerning the fusion of philosophy and literature. There, the focus is on the negative and positive approaches to the issue of combining philosophy and literature as represented by such prominent philosophers as Iris Murdoch, Jacquelyne Kegley, Martha Nussbaum and Philip Kitcher. In its second part, the article presents William Faulkner’s philosophical affiliations of interest, which are: metaphysics, linguistics, ethics, religion and existentialism. The conclusion stresses Faulkner’s input into philosophy but also indicates different fields his novels open for further philosophical investigation.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 26
  • Page Range: 305-325
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English