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In: KulturPoetik 2005, Heft 1

Autor

Tillmann Köppe

Titel

Literatur als Sinnstiftung?

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Beitrag

Abstract

In this essay I attempt to clarify the widespread assumption that literature has the capacity to »create meaning« (»Sinnstiftung«). Drawing on recent work in analytic philosophy I distinguish between two different aspects of the concept of the ›meaning of life‹. As a rule, a person experiences life as meaningful to the extent that he/she is in a position, firstly, to understand his/her life and, secondly, to have a variety of positive ›cognitive‹ and ›affective‹ evaluative attitudes towards it. Literature, it is argued, can enhance both a person’s understanding of his/her life and his/her attitudes towards it.