Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

Gesturing Toward Reality: David Foster Wallace and Philosophy

Scott Korb


Asked in 2006 in regards to the philosophical nature of his fiction, the overdue American author David Foster Wallace responded, "If a few humans learn my fiction and notice it as essentially approximately philosophical rules, what it most likely ability is that those are items the place the characters usually are not as alive and engaging as I intended them to be."

Gesturing towards Reality appears into this caliber of Wallace's work―when the author dons the philosopher's cap―and sees anything else. With essays delivering a cautious perusal of Wallace's broad and seriously annotated self-help library, re-considerations of Wittgenstein's impression on his fiction, and severe explorations into the ethical and religious panorama the place Wallace lived and wrote, this assortment deals a point of view on Wallace that even he used to be no longer continuously able to see. on account that rather a lot has been acknowledged in particularly literary circles approximately Wallace's philosophical acumen, it kind of feels ordinary to have people with an curiosity in either philosophy and Wallace's writing tackle how those components come together.

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