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Eileen John
University of Warwick
  1. Reading Fiction and Conceptual Knowledge: Philosophical Thought in Literary Context.Eileen John - 1998 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 56 (4):331-348.
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    Values of Art: Pictures, Poetry, and Music.Eileen John - 1999 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 57 (1):76-78.
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    Beauty, Interest, and Autonomy.Eileen John - 2012 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70 (2):193-202.
  4. Artistic Value and Opportunistic Moralism.Eileen John - 2006 - In Matthew Kieran (ed.), Contemporary Debates in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art. Blackwell. pp. 332--41.
     
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    Poetry and Directions for Thought.Eileen John - 2013 - Philosophy and Literature 37 (2):451-471.
    Do poems provide “scripts” for reader’s thoughts? Kendall Walton’s account of poets as thoughtwriters, in which poems can serve to express readers’ thoughts without positing an expressive thinker in the poem, is considered from various angles. While it seems a minimal expressive thinker needs to be posited, this leaves open other questions about poems as the stuff of thought. Can poems be fully thought, and do readers take ownership of the thinking that poetry prompts? Elizabeth Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses” is (...)
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    ‘Philosophy and the Novel’, by Goldman, Alan H.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, Pp. Xii + 209, £30.00 (Hardback).Eileen John - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (3):590-593.
    (2014). ‘Philosophy and the Novel’, by Goldman, Alan H. Australasian Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 92, No. 3, pp. 590-593. doi: 10.1080/00048402.2014.885069.
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  7. Art and Knowledge.Eileen John - 2001 - In Berys Nigel Gaut & Dominic Lopes (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics. Routledge.
     
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  8. Empathy in Literature.Eileen John - 2017 - In Heidi L. Maibom (ed.), Routledge Handbook to Philosophy of Empathy. London: Routledge. pp. 306-16.
  9. Literary Fiction and the Philosophical Value of Detail.Eileen John - 2003 - In Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge. pp. 142--159.
     
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    Caring About Characters.Eileen John - 2016 - In Garry L. Hagberg (ed.), Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 31-46.
    This chapter considers how and why real people can care about fictional characters.. Caring rests on having interests at stake, and in literary contexts those interests concern the accuracy and content of a representation; we as people, as part of our natural history, are beings for whom representation and being represented are centrally important. This chapter argues for a better integration of the “internal” and “external” perspectives on fictional characters, that is, a better integration of what are too often taken (...)
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  11. Love and the Need for Comprehension.Eileen John - 2013 - Philosophical Explorations 16 (3):285-297.
    The question of how well we need to be known, to be loved, is considered. A ‘second-person’ model is argued for, on which love requires that the beloved’s demands to be known be respected. This puts pressure on the idea that lovers need to make a beloved’s interests their own, taking that to require comprehension of the beloved’s interests: a lover would have to appreciate the normative intelligibility and motivating force of an interest. The possibility of love with failure of (...)
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    Meals, Art, and Artistic Value.Eileen John - 2014 - Estetika 51 (2):254-268.
    The notion of a meal is explored in relation to questions of art status and artistic value. Meals are argued not to be works of art, but to have the capacity for artistic value. These claims are used to respond to Dominic Lopes’s arguments in Beyond Art that demote artistic value in favour of the values that emerge from specific kinds of art. A conception of artistic value that involves ‘taking reflective charge’ of the possibilities for goodness available in an (...)
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    Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings: An Anthology.Eileen John & Dominic Lopes (eds.) - 2004 - Blackwell.
    This authoritative volume offers a handy compilation of contributions to the field by its leading figures.
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    Art, Emotion and Ethics: Book Reviews. [REVIEW]Eileen John - 2009 - British Journal of Aesthetics 49 (2):185-188.
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    Subtlety and Moral Vision in Fiction.Eileen John - 1995 - Philosophy and Literature 19 (2):308-319.
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    Images of Community in American Popular Culture.Eileen John & Nancy Potter - 2002 - In Philip Alperson (ed.), Diversity and Community: An Interdisciplinary Reader. Blackwell. pp. 265--288.
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    Allegory and Ethical Education: Stories for People Who Know Too Many Stories.Eileen John - 2018 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 52 (4):642-659.
    How can stories contribute to ethical education, when they reach people who have already been shaped by many stories, including ethically problematic ones? This question is pursued here by considering Plato’s allegory of the cave, focusing on a reading of it offered by Jonathan Lear. Lear claims that the cave allegory aims to undermine its audience’s inheritance of stories. I question the possibility and desirability of that project, especially in relation to ethical education. Some works of contemporary fiction by Jenny (...)
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  18. Alan H. Goldman, Aesthetic Value Reviewed By.Eileen John - 1996 - Philosophy in Review 16 (2):106-108.
     
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  19. Alan H. Goldman, Aesthetic Value. [REVIEW]Eileen John - 1996 - Philosophy in Review 16:106-108.
     
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  20. Angela Leighton, On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word.Eileen John - 2009 - Philosophy in Review 29 (5):355.
     
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  21. Coetzee and Eros: A Critique of Moral Philosophy.Eileen John - 2017 - In Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy, and J. M. Coetzee. Oxford, UK: pp. 107-22.
     
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    De Gustibus: Arguing About Taste and Why We Do It By Peter Kivy. [REVIEW]Eileen John - 2019 - Analysis 79 (3):581-583.
    De Gustibus: Arguing about Taste and Why We Do It By KivyPeterOxford University Press, 2015. xii + 174 pp.
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    Emma and Defective Action.Eileen John - 2018 - In Eva Dadlez (ed.), Jane Austen's Emma: Philosophical Perspectives. New York, NY, USA: pp. 84-108.
    This chapter explores what Emma and Austen might have to say about human agency and autonomy. Considered and challenged are Christine Korsgaard’s use of Austen’s characters (Emma Woodhouse and Harriet Smith) to exemplify a species of defective autonomous action. Austen's novel persistently addresses and clarifies the nature and sources of defective action. Harriet Smith’s happy subordination to Emma’s will, as Korsgaard maintains, is obviously problematic. But it is most often Emma Woodhouse herself, and not Harriet, whose conduct Austen presents as (...)
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    Imagining and Knowing: The Shape of Fiction, by Gregory Currie. [REVIEW]Eileen John - 2020 - Mind 130.
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  25. XI—Literature and Disagreement.Eileen John - 2014 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 114 (3pt3):239-260.
    To understand rational response to ethical disagreement, we need to consider how epistemic and ethical factors interact. The notion of an ethical peer is developed, and the roles that epistemic and ethical peers play in disagreement are compared. In the light of some literary examples, the view that conciliation in response to an ethical peer can be called for, even if that peer is an epistemic inferior, is defended.
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    Literature and Philosophical Progress.Eileen John - 2018 - Metodo 1 (6):17-40.
    This paper addresses the question of how literary and philosophical thinking can converge in experience of a literary work. Peter Lamarque and Stein Haugom Olsen, in Truth, Fiction, and Literature, dispute this possibility. I respond to their view with particular attention to their account of thematic interpretation. Thematic interpretation is presented here as involving thought about the reasons behind a work’s use of its content and other features. Those reasons have an implicit generality that allows us to move from literary (...)
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  27. Literature and the Idea of Morality.Eileen John - 2010 - In Garry Hagberg & Walter Jost (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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    Learning From Aesthetic Disagreement and Flawed Artworks.Eileen John - 2020 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 78 (3):279-288.
    ABSTRACT Disagreements about art are considered here for their potential to pose questions about reality beyond the artwork. The project of assessing artistic value is useful for bringing complex questions to light. The ambitiousness of the cognitive stock, in Richard Wollheim's term, that can be relevant to understanding an artwork may mean that confident evaluation will elude us. Thinking about artistic value judgment in this way shifts its centrality as the point of artistic interpretation and evaluation; the goal of judging (...)
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    Learning to Be a Writer From Early Reading.Eileen John - 2019 - British Journal of Educational Studies 67 (3):291-306.
    The role of reading in educating a future writer is discussed through study of memoirs by writers including Janet Frame, James Baldwin, and Eudora Welty. The memoirs show reading books to have been a transformative way of melding forms of experience. The following features of childhood reading are examined: (1) the role of the physical book, (2) the cognitive-aesthetic-affective impact of letters, words and ‘voices’, (3) the partially unplanned and challenging path of children’s exposure to texts, and (4) absorption of (...)
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    Meals, Art and Meaning.Eileen John - 2021 - Critica 53 (157).
    This paper takes meals, rather than food itself, as its focus. Meals incorporate the project of nutrition into human life, but it is a contingent matter that we nourish ourselves in this way. This paper defends the importance of meals as meaning-makers and contrasts them with art in that regard. Meals and art represent interestingly different extremes with respect to how needs for meaning are met. Artworks ask for coordination of experience, understanding and appreciation: the meaning of art is to (...)
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    ‘Philosophy and the Novel’, by Goldman, Alan H.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, Pp. Xii + 209, £30.00 (Hardback). [REVIEW]Eileen John - 2014 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (3):590-593.
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  32. Philosophy of Literature, and Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures, 2 Book Pack.Eileen John, Dominic McIver Lopes, Noël Carroll & Jinhee Choi (eds.) - 2008 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Pack includes 2 titles from the popular Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series: _ _ Philosophy of Literature_: Contemporary and Classic Readings_ _Edited by Eileen John and Dominic McIver Lopes ISBN: 9781405112086 _ Philosophy of Film and Motion Pictures_: An Anthology _Edited by No ë l Carroll and Jinhee Choi ISBN: 9781405120272.
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    Review of David Davies, Aesthetics and Literature[REVIEW]Eileen John - 2008 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (9).
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    Stories and Thinking Anew About Race.Eileen John - 2021 - The Philosophers' Magazine 93:26-32.
  35. Tamara Horowitz and Gerald J. Massey, Eds., Thought Experiments in Science and Philosophy Reviewed By.Eileen John - 1992 - Philosophy in Review 12 (5):327-329.
     
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  36. The Philosophy of Literature: Contemporary and Classic Readings - an Anthology.Eileen John & Dominic McIver Lopes (eds.) - 2004 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    Essential readings in the philosophy of literature are brought together for the first time in this anthology. Contains forty-five substantial and carefully chosen essays and extracts Provides a balanced and coherent overview of developments in the field during the past thirty years, including influential work on fiction, interpretation, metaphor, literary value, and the definition and ontology of literature Includes an additional historical section featuring generous selections of the writings of early pioneers such as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and Hume Serves as (...)
     
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