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Author Swirski, Peter.
Title Between literature and science : Poe, Lem, and explorations in aesthetics, cognitive science, and literary knowledge / Peter Swirski.
Imprint Montreal ; Ithica [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.

Author Swirski, Peter.
Subject Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 -- Knowledge -- Science.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. Purloined letter.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. Eureka.
Lem, Stanisaw -- Knowledge -- Science.
Literature and science.
Aesthetics, American.
Cognitive science.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 183 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-180) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1 Pragmatic Side of Aesthetics 3 -- 2 Towards a New Epistemology 27 -- 3 An Essay in Cosmology 49 -- 4 There Is Science in My Philosophy 71 -- 5 Future History of Biterature 92 -- 6 Of Machines and Men 116 -- Conclusion: No Discipline Is an Island 138.
Summary "Through close analysis of Eureka and The Purloined Letter, Peter Swirski evaluates Poe's epistemological theses in the light of contemporary philosophy of science and presents literary interpretation as a cooperative game played by the author and reader, thereby illuminating how we read fiction. The analysis of Poe's little-studied Eureka provides the basis for his discussion of Lem's critique of scientific reductionism and futurological forecasts. Drawing on his own interviews with Lem as well as analysis of his works, Swirski considers the author's scenarios involving computers capable of creative acts and discusses their socio-cultural implications. His analysis leads to bold arguments about the nature of literature and its relation to a broad range of other disciplines."--Jacket
ISBN 9780773568372 (electronic bk.)
0773568379 (electronic bk.)
0773520430 (acid-free paper)
0773520783 (pbk.)
OCLC # 123470259
Additional Format Print version: Swirski, Peter. Between literature and science. Montreal ; Ithica, [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000 0773520430 (DLC) 2001277476 (OCoLC)43279743

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