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Commiserating With Devastated Things: Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking

Jason M. Wirth


This study attempts to understand, through both a careful reading of Milan Kundera’s oeuvre as well as a consideration of the Continental philosophical tradition, the place that Kundera calls “the universe of the novel.” It argues that Kundera transforms—not applies—philosophical reflection within the art form of the novel. As Kundera argued in The Art of the Novel: “The moment it becomes part of a novel, reflection changes its essence. Outside the novel, we’re in the realm of affirmation: everyone is sure of his statements: the politician, the philosopher, the concierge. Within the universe o ... More

Keywords: Hermann Broch, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Robert Musil, Friedrich Nietzsche, relationship between philosophy and the novel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823268207
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823268207.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason M. Wirth, author
Seattle University