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John Gibson
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  1. Cognitivism and the Arts.John Gibson - 2008 - Philosophy Compass 3 (4):573-589.
    Cognitivism in respect to the arts refers to a constellation of positions that share in common the idea that artworks often bear, in addition to aesthetic value, a significant kind of cognitive value. In this paper I concentrate on three things: (i) the challenge of understanding exactly what one must do if one wishes to defend a cognitivist view of the arts; (ii) common anti-cognitivist arguments; and (iii) promising recent attempts to defend cognitivism.
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  2. Novum Organum.Francis Bacon, Peter Urbach & John Gibson - 1996 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 47 (1):125-128.
     
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  3. A Puzzle of Poetic Expression.John Gibson - 2016 - The Philosophers' Magazine 74 (3):56-62.
  4. Literature and Knowledge.John Gibson - 2009 - In Richard Eldridge (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Literature. Oxford University Press.
    What is the relation between works of fiction and the acquisition of knowledge?
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  5. What Makes a Poem Philosophical?John Gibson - 2018 - In Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé & Michael LeMahieu (eds.), Wittgenstein and Modernism. Chicago, IL, USA: University of Chicago Press. pp. 130-152.
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  6. Between Truth and Triviality.John Gibson - 2003 - British Journal of Aesthetics 43 (3):224-237.
    A viable theory of literary humanism must do justice to the idea that literature offers cognitive rewards to the careful reader. There are, however, powerful arguments to the effect that literature is at best only capable of offering idle visions of a world already well known. In this essay I argue that there is a form of cognitive awareness left unmentioned in the traditional vocabulary of knowledge acquisition, a form of awareness literature is particularly capable of offering. Thus even if (...)
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  7. Interpreting Words, Interpreting Worlds.John Gibson - 2006 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (4):439–450.
    It is often assumed that literary meaning is essentially linguistic in nature and that literary interpretation is therefore a purely linguistic affair. This essay identifies a variety of literary meaning that cannot be reduced to linguistic meaning. Meaning of this sort is generated not by a communicative act so much as through a creative one: the construction of a fictional world. The way in which a fictional world can bear meaning turns out to be strikingly unlike the way a sentence (...)
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    Fiction and the Weave of Life. [REVIEW]John Gibson - 2009 - Analysis 69 (3):594-596.
    The cognitivist/non-cognitivist debate about the nature and value of literary fiction has witnessed a lot of spilled ink amongst philosophers over the past decade. Gibson characterizes this debate as a conflict between two apparently incompatible intuitions: the ‘humanist’ intuition that works of literary fiction have some sort of cognitive value in telling us about the world, and the ‘sceptical’ anti-humanist intuition that such works, and their proper appreciation, are not essentially concerned with the notions of truth and knowledge. The vast (...)
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  9. Introduction: The Place of Poetry in Contemporary Aesthetics.John Gibson - 2015 - In The Philosophy of Poetry. Oxford University Press. pp. 1-16.
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    Fiction and the Weave of Life.John Gibson - 2007 - Oxford University Press UK.
    Literary fiction is of crucial importance in human life. It is a source of understanding and insight into the nature of the human condition, yet ever since Plato, philosophers have struggled to provide a plausible explanation of how this can be the case. For surely the fictionality - the sheer invented character - of the literary text means that fiction presents not our world, but other worlds? In Fiction and the Weave of Life, John Gibson offers a novel and intriguing (...)
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  11. Empathy.John Gibson - 2015 - In Noël Carroll & John Gibson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature. Routledge. pp. 200-219.
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    On the Ethical Character of Literature.John Gibson - 2018 - In Espen Hammer (ed.), Kafka's The Trial: Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 85-110.
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  13. Skepticism and the Idea of an Other.John Gibson & Simona Bertacco - 2011 - In Bernie Rhei (ed.), Stanley Cavell and Literary Theory: Consequences of Skepticism. Continuum.
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  14. Narrative and the Literary Imagination.John Gibson - 2014 - In Allen Speight (ed.), Narrative, Philosophy & Life. Springer. pp. 135-50.
    This paper attempts to reconcile two apparently opposed ways of thinking about the imagination and its relationship to literature, one which casts it as essentially concerned with fiction-making and the other with culture-making. The literary imagination’s power to create fictions is what gives it its most obvious claim to “autonomy”, as Kant would have it: its freedom to venture out in often wild and spectacular excess of reality. The argument of this paper is that we can locate the literary imagination’s (...)
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    On (Not) Making Oneself Known.John Gibson - 2018 - In Tzachi Zamir (ed.), Shakespeare's Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford, UK: pp. 17-45.
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  16. What Do Humanists Want?John Gibson - 2013 - In P. Hanna (ed.), Reality and Culture: Essays on the Philosophy of Bernard Harrison. Rodopi.
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    Zombie Philosophy.John Gibson - 2014 - In Edward P. Comentale & Aaron Jaffe (eds.), The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center. Bloomington, IN, USA: pp. 416-436.
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    Fiction and the Weave of Life.John Gibson - 2008 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 66 (4):403-406.
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  19. Interpretation, Literature and Meaning Skepticism.John Gibson - 2016 - In Dirk-Martin Grube (ed.), Meaning and Interpretation. Brill.
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  20. Thick Narratives.John Gibson - 2011 - In John Gibson Noel Carroll (ed.), Narrative, Emotion, and Insight. PSUP. pp. 69.
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  21. The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature.Noël Carroll & John Gibson (eds.) - 2015 - Routledge.
    _The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature_ is an in-depth examination of literature through a philosophical lens, written by distinguished figures across the major divisions of philosophy. Its 40 newly-commissioned essays are divided into six sections: historical foundations what is literature? aesthetics & appreciation meaning & interpretation metaphysics & epistemology ethics & political theory _The Companion_ opens with a comprehensive historical overview of the philosophy of literature, including chapters on the study’s ancient origins up to the 18 th -20 th (...)
     
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    Social Mobility and IQ Components.C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor & John B. Gibson - 1978 - Journal of Biosocial Science 10 (3):263-276.
  23. The Literary Wittgenstein.John Gibson - 2006 - Philosophy 81 (316):367-375.
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  24. Reading For Life.John Gibson - 2004 - In John Gibson Wolfgang Huemer (ed.), The Literary Wittgenstein. Routledge.
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    The Question of Poetic Meaning.John Gibson - 2011 - Nonsite (4).
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  26. Representation and the Novel.John Gibson - 2013 - The Henry James Review 34 (3):220-231.
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    The Literary Wittgenstein.John Gibson & Wolfgang Huemer (eds.) - 2004 - Routledge.
    _The Literary Wittgenstein_ is a stellar collection of articles relating the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein to core problems in the theory and philosophy of literature. Amid growing recognition that Wittgenstein's philosophy has important implications for literary studies, this book brings together twenty-one articles by the most prominent figures in the field. Eighteen of the articles are published here for the first time. _The Literary Wittgenstein_ applies the approach of Wittgenstein to core areas of literary theory, including poetry, deconstruction, the ethical (...)
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  28. A Sense of The World: Essays on Fiction, Narrative, and Knowledge.John Gibson, Wolfgang Huemer & Luca Pocci - 2007 - In Michael Beaney (ed.), The Analytic Turn: Analysis in Early Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology. Routledge.
    A team of leading contributors from both philosophical and literary backgrounds have been brought together in this impressive book to examine how works of literary fiction can be a source of knowledge. Together, they analyze the important trends in this current popular debate. The innovative feature of this volume is that it mixes work by literary theorists and scholars with work of analytic philosophers that combined together provide a comprehensive statement of the variety of ways in which works of fiction (...)
     
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    The Threat of Panfictionalism.John Gibson - 2002 - Symposium 6 (1):37-44.
  30. Novum Organum ; with Other Parts of the Great Instauration.Francis Bacon, Peter Urbach & John Gibson - 1994
     
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  31. Performance Versus Results a Critique of Values in Contemporary Sport.John H. Gibson - 1993
     
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    Biological Aspects of a High Socio-Economic Group II. IQ Components and Social Mobility.John B. Gibson & C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor - 1973 - Journal of Biosocial Science 5 (1):17-30.
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    Interpreting Words, Interpreting Worlds.John Gibson - 2006 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (4):439-450.
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    Professor.John Gibson - forthcoming - In Noël Carroll & John Gibson (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature. Routledge.
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    Biological Aspects of a High Socio-Economic Group.John B. Gibson - 1970 - Journal of Biosocial Science 2 (1):1-16.
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    Wittgenstein und die Literatur.John Gibson & Wolfgang Huemer (eds.) - 2006 - Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.
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    The New Propositionalism.Bernard Harrison & John Gibson - 2017 - Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 2 (15):263-289.
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  38. Martin Morris, Rethinking the Communicative Turn: Adorno, Habermas and the Problem of Communicative Freedom. [REVIEW]John Gibson - 2002 - Philosophy in Review 22 (6):428-429.
     
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    Interpretation, Sincerity and "Theory".John Gibson - 2010 - Contemporary Aesthetics 8.
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    Sulla Produzione del Senso.John Gibson - 2017 - In Guido Ferraro & Antonio Dante Maria Santangelo (eds.), Narrazione e Realtà: Il Senso degli Eventi. Roma: pp. 97-116.
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    YABLO, STEPHEN. Aboutness. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014, Xi + 221 Pp., $45.00 Cloth. [REVIEW]John Gibson - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):206-208.
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    Letters to and From the Editor.John B. Gibson, C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, James N. Thompson, Arthur R. Jensen, Roland Fischer, Franklin C. Bing, Dwight J. Ingle, R. L. Hullinger, John F. Adams, F. A. Jenner & Claude A. Frazier - 1972 - Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 16 (1):154-160.
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    Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions. Vol. I: Hebrew and MoabiteTextbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions, Vol. II: Aramaic Inscriptions. [REVIEW]Delbert R. Hillers & John C. L. Gibson - 1980 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 100 (2):177.
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    Heritage From Mendel.John Gibson - 1967 - The Eugenics Review 59 (3):195.
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    The Philosophy of Literature by Lamarque, Peter. [REVIEW]John Gibson - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (1):68-70.
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    Textbook of Syrian Semitic Inscriptions. Volume 1: Hebrew and Moabite Inscriptions.Jonas C. Greenfield & John C. L. Gibson - 1974 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 94 (4):509.
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    Being Numerous: Poetry and the Ground of Social Life by Izenberg, Oren.John Gibson - 2012 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 70 (4):399-401.
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    ReviewDescribing Ourselves: Wittgenstein and Autobiographical Consciousness Hagberg Garry L. Oxford University Press Oxford.John Gibson - 2012 - Journal of Aesthetic Education 46 (4):109-119.
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    Interpretive Reasoning Edited by Stern, Laurent. [REVIEW]John Gibson - 2006 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 64 (4):481–483.
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    La Guerra Dei Poveri : A Response to A. J. Nickerson.John Gibson - 2016 - Philosophy and Literature 40 (1):315-316.
    What the author of this essay-review says about our handling of scholarship on poetry in The Philosophy of Poetry is perhaps true. Literary scholars often accuse us of ignoring their work, just as we at times condemn them for their questionable treatment of philosophical issues. There is a smallness to all this, on both sides, and the effect is almost always to affirm the very disciplinary boundaries we are trying to overcome when telling others that they should read our work.Fortunately, (...)
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