Literature, like the visual arts, posess its own characteristic philosophical problems. Literary theorists have discussed widely the nature of literature, while analytic philosophers have dealt with literary problems within the framework of aesthetics or have restricted themselves to topics which are accessible only to a philosophical audience. "Philosophy of Literature" is unique in that it introduces the philosophy of literature from an analytic perspective which is both accessible to students of literature and students of philosophy.
Specifically, the book addresses: the definition of literature, the distinction between oral and written literature and the identity of literary works. "Philosophy of Literature" offers fresh approaches to traditional issues and raises new questions about the nature of philosophical problems which literature gives rise to.