Exploring Self and Emotion: Unamuno´s Narrative Fiction as Thought Experiment

In Garry L. Hagberg (ed.), Narrative and Self-Understanding. Between Literature and Philosophy. Palgrave (2019)
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Abstract

In this paper, I explore Unamuno’s narrative fictions as thought experiments about self and emotion. I begin by developing a notion of thought experiment consequent with his understanding of philosophy as a form of literature. Next, I focus on the philosophy of the emotions implicit in his major essay Del Sentimiento trágico de la vida. The third section offers a case study in the form of envy in the novel Abel Sánchez. The final section addresses different forms of knowledge about the emotions conveyed by Unamuno’s fictional works.

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Íngrid Vendrell-Ferran
University of Marburg

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