Literary Fiction and Rationality

May 30 – 31, 2013, University of Tampere

Plenary Speakers

Garry Hagberg (Bard College)
Elisabeth Schellekens (Durham University)
Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex)

Literature gives us a unique opportunity to examine persons and their
lives. For example, literature may be seen as illuminating rationality and the different kinds of reasons that agents have for their actions, beliefs, and judgements. It also enables us to examine rationality as a property of a person, and reasons as constituted by the context of a person’s life narrative. Literature may also be considered a source of empirical, moral, and aesthetic reasons and beliefs. The purpose of this conference is to critically discuss these and other conceptions of the relation between literary fiction and rationality.

We welcome paper submissions for the two-day conference, to be held in
Tampere, Finland, on May 30-31 2013. Topics to be discussed might
include, but are not limited to: literature in the constitution of rationality, literature and human agency and action, irrationality in literature, rationality, irrationality, and creativity, rationality and literary interpretation.

Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted by email to Hanne
Appelqvist: hanne.appelqvist[at] They should include the
author’s name, affiliation, contact information, and the title of the
paper. Accepted papers will receive 35 minutes each (25 minutes for
presentation and 10 minutes for discussion).

Submission deadline: February 15, 2013