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Wandering in DarknessNarrative and the Problem of Suffering$
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Eleonore Stump

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277421

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277421.001.0001

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Philosophy and Narrative

Philosophy and Narrative

(p.23) Chapter 2 Philosophy and Narrative
Wandering in Darkness

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This chapter begins in earnest the examination of the methodology at issue in the book. In sympathy with certain criticisms raised recently by Bas van Fraassen, it argues that analytic philosophy as currently practiced has the vices of its virtues, but that these can be corrected for by including narratives in some of the discussions of analytic philosophy. The chapter discusses the nature of a philosophical examination of narratives, and the reasons for supposing that narrative analysis has something to contribute to philosophy. It also argues for the possibility of using biblical narratives in this way. It considers reasons allegedly based on historical biblical studies for supposing that biblical narratives cannot be used in this way, and it uses current disputes within the subject of historical biblical studies itself to show that these alleged reasons are not cogent. Finally, it discusses Chinua Achebe's explanation of the significance and usefulness of character analysis in the examination of narratives, and it argues that Achebe's explanation applies to biblical narratives, too.

Keywords:   analytic philosophy, Bas van Fraassen, philosophy and narrative, historical biblical studies, narrative studies, biblical studies, Chinua Achebe, character analysis

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