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Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought

John T. Lysaker


Taking the demand “know thyself" to heart, Philosophy, Writing, and the Character of Thought argues that philosophy is best understood as an activity of writing, and that writerly choices influence its character in three principal ways. Reflecting on a range of texts from Plato, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein to Hegel, Butler, and de Beauvoir, the book claims that writing not only informs how thought develops, but also shapes the relations that texts have with readers. Moreover, the quantity and quality of one’s writing partially determines the transformative impact that one’s work can have on hi ... More

Keywords: Philosophical writing, Philosophy, Genre, Reading, Rhetoric, Logic, Aphorism, Dialogue, Essay

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226569567
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226569734.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John T. Lysaker, author
Emory University