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ERIC Number: EJ805158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Storytelling and Narrative Knowing: An Examination of the Epistemic Benefits of Well-Told Stories
Worth, Sarah E.
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v42 n3 p42-56 Fall 2008
A number of theorists currently argue that a narrative form of reasoning is central to the way we think. It would seem to follow that better narratives would encourage better thinking, reasoning, and knowing. The question addressed in this article is whether narrative has the capability of producing more epistemological value than other forms of art and whether it can be argued that there is a significant increase in epistemological value in a well-told story (especially as opposed to a badly told story). If it can be shown that better stories can improve thinking generally, this will support Martha Nussbaum's claim that good literature is beneficial to us, but for different reasons than she argues. (Contains 29 notes.)
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Language: English
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