Show

How Fiction Shapes Us

Week of: 
Sunday, November 25, 2012
What is it: 

A good novel can do many things. It can distract us from the humdrum of daily existence, stimulate our imaginations, and delight us with its creative use of language. But isn’t there something more we gain from engaging with fictional worlds and characters? Do we, for example, use literary texts to morally improve ourselves? Is there some deeper truth we’re supposed to learn from a good novel? Or do we use fiction to fine-tune certain cognitive capacities? John and Ken entertain the possibilities with Joshua Landy, author of How To Do Things With Fictions, for a program recorded live at Litquake – San Francisco's Literary Festival.

Joshua Landy, Professor of French, Stanford University

Related Resources: 

 

Bonus content from the live recording

Video Teaser

The Plāto'nes, I'm Going to Write a Novel

The Plāto'nes, When I Write the Book

Watch the complete program

Get Philosophy Talk

Radio

Sunday at 10am, PST, KALW, 91.7 FM, Local Public Radio, San Francisco

Podcast

Individual Downloads  via CdBaby or Itunes.  Multipacks and The Complete Philosophy Talk via Iamplify

John Perry and Ken Taylor

Continue the Conversation

Sidebar Menu

Upcoming Shows

  • August 3 : Summer Reading List 2014
    What philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues would you like to read up on over the summer? John and Ken discuss one of this year's most...
  • August 10 : Captivity
    Whether it's people incarcerated in prisons, or animals confined in zoos, aquariums, laboratories, farms, and in our own homes, millions of upon...
  • August 17 : Remixing Reality: Art and Literature for the 21st Century
    For decades, literary critics have been questioning the relevance of the novel as a literary form, with some going so far as to declare its death....
  • August 24 : What Might Have Been
    When we make claims about things that could have been—what philosophers call counterfactual statements—we are, in some sense, sliding between...
  • August 31 : Is Intuition a Guide to Truth?
    Turns out that Galileo was right and Aristotle was wrong: in a vacuum, a feather and a bowling ball will fall from a tall building at exactly the...

Support Philosophy Talk

DONATE TODAY

Philosophy Talk relies on the support of listeners like you to stay on the air and online. Any contribution, large or small, helps us produce intelligent, reflective radio that questions everything, including our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, culture, and the human condition. Make your tax-deductible contribution now through Stanford University's secure online donation page. Thank you for your support, and thank you for thinking!