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Experience and Experimental WritingLiterary Pragmatism from Emerson to the Jameses$
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Paul Grimstad

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199874071

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.001.0001

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Nonreasoning Creatures

Nonreasoning Creatures

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(p.42) Chapter 2 Nonreasoning Creatures
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Experience and Experimental Writing
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Paul Grimstad

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199874071.003.0002

This chapter analyzes how Poe invented the analytic detective story, and links this to Charles Peirce’s notion of the abductive inference. It considers the relation of Poe and Peirce to artificial intelligence, before looking closely at Poe’s poem “The Raven”, and the essay explaining that poem’s composition, “The Philosophy of Composition”

Keywords:   detective stories, Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Pierce, abductive inference, artificial intelligence, The Raven, The Philosophy of Composition

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