JBSP Online: Thomas Jurkiewicz on Gadamer, Ingarden, & Fictional Worlds

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Now online, a new article for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology by Thomas Jurkiewicz (University of Sydney).

Thomas Jurkiewicz – “The Intersection of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Roman Ingarden in the Hermeneutic Experience of Fictional Worlds”

JBSP (Received 08 Mar 2022, Accepted 28 Nov 2022, Published online: 13 Dec 2022).

Abstract: At the heart of our experience of literature is the idea that fiction can show us new possibilities for the world in which we live. I open up fictional worlds’ hermeneutic dimension by investigating the intersection of Roman Ingarden’s analytic phenomenology of the literary work with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics. Reading Ingarden together with Gadamer, I understand a fictional world as an orientation towards a fictional environment whose foundation is our capacity for language, showing how the reciprocal relationship in which we discover its fictional objects and states of affairs is of the same kind that exists between language and world, so that fiction can be understood to orient us towards the happening of language. By thinking on the relationship between language and experience, I suggest that Ingarden and Gadamer propose to understand a fictional world as an orientation towards our very capacity to be otherwise and to exceed ourselves.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2022.2154683

Thomas Jurkiewicz, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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