Henry James and the Philosophical Novel by Merle A. WilliamsHenry James and the Philosophical Novel by Merle A. Williams

Henry James and the Philosophical Novel

byMerle A. Williams

Paperback | March 19, 2009

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 259 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Henry James and the Philosophical Novel breaks fresh ground by examining James's unique position as a philosophical novelist, closely associated with the climate of ideas generated by his brother William. It considers storytelling as a mode of philosophical enquiry, showing how a range of distinguished thinkers have relied on fictional narrative as a technique for formulating and clarifying their ideas; and investigates (with close reference to his novels) the affiliations between James's practice as a novelist and contemporary epistemological, moral, and linguistic concerns.
Title:Henry James and the Philosophical NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521104076

ISBN - 13:9780521104074


Table of Contents

Introduction: Jamesian thinking and philosophy as story-telling; 1. What Maisie Knew: the challenge of vision; 2. The Ambassadors: observation and interpretation...passion and compassion; 3. The Wings of the Dove: self and society; 4. The Spoils of Poynton: experiments in subjectivity and truth; 5. The Golden Bowl: the complex of shaping relations; Conclusion: Henry James's version of the philosophical novel; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Merle A. Williams's book is a welcome addition to the growing library on James and philosophy." Jonathan Levin, The Henry James Review