Philosophical Style:
Selected Bibliography

Compiled by Ralph Dumain

Aranyosi, Istvan. “Quantifier vs. Poetry: Stylistic Impoverishment and Socio-cultural Estrangement of Anglo-American Philosophy in the Last Hundred Years,” The Pluralist, vol. 7, no. 1, Spring 2012, pp. 94-103.

Aumann, Antony. "Kierkegaard, Paraphrase, and the Unity of Form and Content," Philosophy Today (forthcoming).

Bigelow, Pat. Kierkegaard and the Problem of Writing. Tallahassee: Florida State University Press, 1987.

Blanshard, Brand. On Philosophical Style. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1954.

Burgess, Andrew J. “A Word-Experiment on the Category of the Comic,” in International Kierkegaard Commentary: The Corsair Affair, ed. Robert L. Perkins (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1990), pp. 85-121.

Callus, Ivan; Corby, James; Lauri-Lucente, Gloria; eds. Style in Theory: Between Literature and Philosophy. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.

Cook, Daniel J. Language in the Philosophy of Hegel. The Hague, Mouton, 1973. (Janua linguarum Series minor; 135) Based on the author's thesis, The Role of Language in Hegel's Philosophy, Columbia University, 1968.

de Zilah, Eugène. Antaŭparolo al Diskurso pri la Metodo de Kartezio, tradukita kun klarigoj de Eugène de Zilah (Chapecó: Fonto, 1985), p. 5-9. (2a eld., 2012.) [In Esperanto: on Descartes & the problems of philosophical translation.}

Dick, Alexander; Lupton, Christina; eds. Theory and Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008.

Donagan, Alan. "Victorian Philosophical Prose: J.S. Mill and F.H. Bradley," in: English Literature and British Philosophy: A Collection of Essays, ed. by S. P. Rosenbaum (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1971), pp. 208-228.

Epstein, Mikhail. “Lyrical Philosophy, or How to Sing with Mind,” Common Knowledge, vol. 20, no. 2, Spring 2014, pp. 204-213.

Fenves, Peter. Arresting Language: From Leibniz to Benjamin. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001.

Fenves, Peter. "Of Philosophical Style—from Leibniz to Benjamin," Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture, vol. 30, no. 1, 2003, pp. 67-87.

Gilead, Amihud. The Platonic Odyssey: A Philosophical-Literary Inquiry into the “Phaedo”. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994.

Ginsberg, Robert, ed. The Philosopher as Writer: The Eighteenth Century. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1987.

Goetschel, Willi. Constituting Critique: Kant's Writing as Critical Praxis, translated by Eric Schwab. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994.

Graham, A. C. Disputers of the Tao: Philosophical Argument in Ancient China. Chicago; LaSalle, IL: Open Court Publishing Company, 1989.

Hyppolite, Jean. "The Structure of Philosophic Language According to the ‘Preface’ to Hegel’s Phenomenology of the Mind" [with discussion], in: The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man: The Structuralist Controversy, ed. By Richard Macksey & Eugenio Donato; Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1970; pp. 157-185; 335-344 [French version].

Janik, Allan. Style, Politics, and the Future of Philosophy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989. (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; v. 114)

Kant, Immanuel. Raising the Tone of Philosophy: Late Essays by Immanuel Kant, transformative critique by Jacques Derrida, edited by Peter Fenves. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. Publisher description.

Lang, Berel. The Anatomy of Philosophical Style: Literary Philosophy and the Philosophy of Literature. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990.

Lang, Berel, ed. The Concept of Style. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987.

Lang, Berel. Mind's Bodies: Thought in the Act. SUNY, 1995.

Lang, Berel, ed. Philosophical Style: An Anthology about the Writing and Reading of Philosophy. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1980.

Lang, Berel. Philosophy and the Art of Writing: Studies in Philosophical and Literary Style. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1983.

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. Letter to Simon Foucher (1675), in Philosophical Papers and Letters, selection translated and edited with an introduction by Leroy E. Loemker, 2nd ed. (Dordrecht, Holland; Boston: D. Reidel Pub. Co., 1976 [1969, 1st ed. 1956]), pp. 151-154.

Lysaker. John T. Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Philosophical writing should read like a letter by John Lysaker, Aeon, 09 April 2019.

Marias, Julian; Parsons, James, trans. Philosophy as Dramatic Theory. University Park: The Penssylvania State University Press, 1971.

Mason, Jeff. Philosophical Rhetoric: The Function of Indirection in Philosophical Writing. London; New York: Routledge, 1989.

McBride, William. “Philosophy, Literature, And Everyday Life In The Second Sex: The Current Beauvoir Revival,” Bulletin de la Soc. Américaine de Phil. de Langue Française XIII, 1. Spring 2003, pp. 32-44.

Nuzzo, Angelica. "The Language of Hegel’s Speculative Philosophy," in: Hegel and Language, edited by Jere O’Neill Surber (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006), pp. 75-91.

Palmiere, Antoine. Nietzsche’s Writing Style. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, 2013-2014.

Peters, Michael; Nicholas C. Burbules. “Wittgenstein, Styles, and Pedagogy,” in Wittgenstein: Philosophy, Postmodernism, Pedagogy by Michael Peters and James Marshall (South Hadley, MA: Bergin and Garvey, 1999), Chapter 9, pp. 152-173; and in Theory and Science, vol. 3, no. 1 (2002).

Pettey, John Carson. Nietzsche’s Philosophical And Narrative Styles. New York: Peter Lang, 1992.

Ree, Jonathan. Philosophical Tales: An Essay on Philosophy and Literature. London; New York: Methuen, 1987. (Ideas)

Richetti, John J. Philosophical Writing: Locke, Berkeley, Hume. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983.

Rowe, Christopher. Plato and the Art of Philosophical Writing. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Scharfstein, Ben-Ami. The Philosophers: Their Lives and the Nature of Their Thought. Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1980. See chapter 3, sections “The Relevance of Style: Bacon and Locke”, “The Relevance of Style: Wittgenstein” (pp. 64-73).

Schlanger, Jacques. "The Philosopher and His Mask", Diogenes, no. 157 (1992): 97-112.

Smith, John H. The Spirit and Its Letter: Traces of Rhetoric in Hegel's Philosophy of Bildung. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988.

Stewart, Jon. The Unity of Content and Form in Philosophical Writing. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. [Note chapters 7-9 on Borges.]

Suber, Peter. Metaphilosophy Themes and Questions: A Personal List. (2000) Several sections apply, e.g. Philosophy and assertion, Philosophy and exposition, Philosophy and style, Philosophy as literature.

Tramuta, Marie-José. “Expression and Translation of Philosophy: Giorgio Colli, a Master of Time,” in The Translator as Mediator of Cultures, edited by Humphrey Tonkin & Maria Esposito Frank (Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing. Company, 2010), pp. 161-168.

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Van Eck, Caroline; McAllister, James; van de Vall, Renee; eds. The Question of Style in Philosophy and the Arts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts)

Walters, Frank D. "Taxonomy and the Undoing of Language: Dialogic Form in the Universal Languages of the Seventeenth Century," Style, vol. 27, no. 1, 1993, pp. 1-16.

Watson, Richard A. The Philosopher's Joke: Essays in Form and Content. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1990. (Frontiers of Philosophy)

The theme purportedly connecting these essays is the relation between form and content, presented in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. For content irrespective of relevance to philosophical style, the most important essay is "The Seducer and the Seduced," about Kierkegaard. Original publication: The Georgia Review, 39 (1985): 353-366. Next in importance, seemingly a joke: "The Relation of Truth of Content to Perfection of Form in Literature"; original publication: Methodos, 15 (1963): 3-16.

Wolters, Gereon. "Style in Philosophy: The Case of Carnap", in Carnap Brought Home: The View from Jena, edited by Steve Awodey & Carsten Klein (Chicago: Open Court, 2004), pp. 25-39.

Zwicky, Jan. Alkibiades’ Love: Essays in Philosophy. Montreal; Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.

Zwicky, Jan. Lyric Philosophy. Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1992. Rev. 2nd ed.: Kentville, Nova Scotia: Gaspereau Press, 2011.

Philosophy & Literature as Genres

Bakhtin, Mikhail. Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, edited and translated by Caryl Emerson; introduction by Wayne C. Booth. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984. (Theory and History of Literature; v. 8)

Bawarshi, Anis S.; Reiff, Mary Jo. Genre: An Introduction to History, Theory, Research, and Pedagogy. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press; Fort Collins, CO: WAC Clearinghouse, 2010. (Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition) Research on the nature of genre.

Boylan, Michael; Johnson, Charles. Philosophy: An Innovative Introduction : Fictive Narrative, Primary Texts, and Responsive Writing. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2010.

Cascardi, Anthony J.; ed. & intro. Literature and the Question of Philosophy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987.�Contents of interest:

1 Philosophy as/and/of Literature, Arthur C. Danto (1-23)
2 Philosophy and Poetry: The Difference between Them in Plato and Descartes, Dalia Judovitz (24-51)
3 Philosophical Discourses and Fictional Texts, Peter McCormick (52-74)
4 Levels of Discourse in Plato�s Dialogues, Harry Berger, Jr. (75-100)

Cherkasova, Evgenia V. “Philosophy As Sideshadowing: The Philosophical, the Literary, and the Fantastic,” in What Philosophy Is: Contemporary Philosophy in Action, edited by Havi Carel and David Gamez, with a foreword by Simon Blackburn (London; New York: Continuum, 2004), pp. 200-208.

Ferrell, Robyn. Genres of Philosophy. Aldershot, Hants; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.

1 Genres of Philosophy — 2 Love and Writing — 3 The Theatre of Human Nature — 4 Faith in Hume — 5 The Pathology of Reason — 6 Thus Spake Nietzsche — 7 The Truth in Heidegger — 8 Philosophy Without History — 9 Why Bother? — 10 What is Philosophy?

Gracia, Jorge J. E. “Borges’s ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?”, in Literary Philosophers: Borges, Calvino, Eco (New York: Routledge, 2002), pp. 85-107. Expanded & revised version of original journal article:

Borges’s ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?”, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 59, no. 1, Winter 2001, pp. 45-57.

See my review: Borges Revisited (10): ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?.

Gracia, Jorge J. E.; Korsmeyer, Carolyn; Gasché, Rodolphe; eds. Literary Philosophers: Borges, Calvino, Eco. New York: Routledge, 2002. Contents. See also excerpt from Zamora.

Carolyn Korsmeyer, “Literary Philosophers: Introductory Remarks,” pp. 1-13.
Deborah Knight, “Intersections: Philosophy and Literature, or Why Ethical Criticism Prefers Realism,” pp. 15-26.
Irwin, William. “Philosophy and the Philosophical, Literature and the Literary, Borges and the Labyrinthine ,” pp. 27-45.
Lois Parkinson Zamora, �Borges�s Monsters: Unnatural Wholes and the Transformation of Genre,� pp. 47-84.
Jorge J. E. Gracia, “Borges’s ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?”, pp. 85-107.
Anthony J. Cascardi, “Mimesis and Modernism: The Case of Jorge Luis Borges,” pp. 109-127.
Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert, “A Method for the New Millennium: Calvino and Irony,” pp. 129-148.
Henry Sussman, “The Writing of the System: Borges’s Library and Calvino’s Traffic,” pp. 149-164.
Rocco Capozzi, “Knowledge and Cognitive Practices in Eco’s Labyrinths of Intertextuality,” pp. 165-184.
Wladimir Krysinski, “Borges, Calvino, Eco: The Philosophies of Metafiction,” pp. 185-204.
Ermanno Bencivenga, “Philosophy and Literature in Calvino’s Tales,” pp. 205-221.
Notes on Contributors

Habermas, Jürgen. The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Twelve Lectures; translated by Frederick Lawrence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1987. See “Excursus on Leveling the Genre Distinction between Philosophy and Literature,” pp. 185-210.

Habermas, J�rgen. �Philosophy and Science as Literature?� (1998) in Postmetaphysical Thinking: Philosophical Essays, translated by William Mark Hohengarten (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1992), pp. 205-227.

Holland, Margaret G. “Can Fiction be Philosophy?”. Paper presented at the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, 10-16 August 1998.

Hösle, Vittorio. The Philosophical Dialogue: A Poetics and a Hermeneutics, translated by Steven Rendall. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.

Jordan, Mark D. “A Preface to the Study of Philosophic Genres,” Philosophy and Rhetoric, vol. 14, no. 4, Fall 1981, pp. 99-211.

Lancashire, Ian. Lexicographical Meditations: A Sense of Genre. Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 593, 15 Jan 2001.

Lavery, Jonathan; Groarke, Louis; eds. Literary Form, Philosophical Content: Historical Studies of Philosophical Genres. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2010.

Introduction: Genre as a tool of philosophical interpretation and analysis / Jonathan Lavery and Louis Groarke — Plato's use of the dialogue form: skepticism and insemination / Kenneth Dorter — Some cautionary remarks on Platonic dialogue / David Gallop — The life of Aesop: rhetoric and the philosophical life / Leo Groarke — From Parmenides to Anselm: philosophy as prayer / Kevin Corrigan — A compilaton of arguments: the skeptic's medicine chest / Glen Koehn — Aristotle through the looking glass: Aquinas as a historian of philosophy / J.L.A. West — Aquinas's disputational format and the community of philosophy / Jill LeBlanc and Jonathan Lavery — Machiavelli's Prince: The speculum principis genre turned upside down / Joseph Khoury — A rhapsody void of order or method: Mandeville's The Fable of the Bees / Jennifer Welchman — Why Nietzsche tries to kill Socrates in The Birth of Tragedy / Louis Groarke — The lectures of J. L. Austin: doing sensible things with words / Paul Groarke — Speculating about weird worlds: philosophy as science fiction / Joseph Novak — Genealogy, narrative, and collective self-examination in Discipline and Punish / Paul Groarke — The ethics of style in philosophical discourse / Berel Lang.

Lem, Stanislaw. �Todorov�s Fantastic Theory of Literature� (Polish 1973, English 1974), Science Fiction Studies, #4 (Volume 1, No. 4), Fall 1974. Reprinted in Microworlds: Writings on Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Franz Rottensteiner (New York: Harvest / HBJ, 1986), pp. 209-232. See Stanislaw Lem on Borges & genre, pp. 219-220.

Magnus, Bernd; Stewart, Stanley; Mileur, Jean-Pierre. Nietzsche’s Case: Philosophy as/and Literature. New York: Routledge, 1993.

Mikkonen, Jukka. The Cognitive Value of Philosophical Fiction. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. (Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy)

Mikkonen, Jukka. “Intentions and Interpretations: Philosophical Fiction As Conversation,” Contemporary Aesthetics, vol. 7, 2009, pp. 1-17.

Nightingale, Andrea Wilson. Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

1. Plato, Isocrates, and the property of philosophy
2. Use and abuse of Athenian tragedy
3. Eulogy, irony, parody
4. Alien and authentic discourse
5. Philosophy and comedy

Peters, Michael A. “Academic Writing, Genres and Philosophy,” Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 40, no. 7, December 2008, pp. 819-831.

Peters, Michael A., ed. Academic Writing, Philosophy and Genre. Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Introduction: Thinking in fragments; thinking in systems / Michael A. Peters — Academic writing, genres and philosophy / Michael A. Peters — Philosophical writing: prefacing as professing / Rob McCormack — Ong and Derrida on presence: a case study in the conflict of traditions / John D. Schaeffer & David Gorman — Bridging literary and philosophical genres: judgement, reflection and education in Camus' The Fall / Peter Roberts — Reading the other: ethics of encounter / Sarah Allen — The art of language teaching as interdisciplinary paradigm / Thomas Erling Peterson — Philosophy as literature / Jim Marshall.

Sandler, Sergeiy. “Habermas, Derrida, and the Genre Distinction between Fiction and Argument,” International Studies in Philosophy, vol. 39, no. 4, 2007, pp. 103-119.

Stewart, Jon. The Unity of Content and Form in Philosophical Writing. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. [Note chapters 7-9 on Borges.]

Tejera, Victorino. Literature, Criticism, and the Theory of Signs. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1995. (Semiotic Crossroads; v. 7)

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