The Philosophy of Robert Musil

Here is the long awaited lineup for Bence Nanay’s issue for The Monist (97:1 Jan 2014).

Bence Nanay
The Dethroning of Ideocracy: Robert Musil as a Philosopher

Robert Musil was not a professional philosopher. He was a novelist— and according to the widely accepted canon, his contribution to the twentieth-century novel is only matched by very few. Why then should there be a special issue on him in The Monist? The reason is that Musil was a philosopher—just a different kind of philosopher. He was trained in philosophy (he wrote his Ph.D. on Ernst Mach) and gave up a promising career in academia, turning down a job offer in Meinong’s department because he thought it better to express his philosophical ideas by means of writing novels.

Philip Kitcher
The Youth Without Qualities

Achille C. Varzi
Musil’s Imaginary Bridge

Sabine Döring
What Is an Emotion? Musil’s Adverbial Theory

Kevin Mulligan
Foolishness, Stupidity, and Cognitive Values

Barbara Sattler
Contingency and Necessity: Human Agency in Musil’s The Man Without Qualities

Catrin Misselhorn
Musil’s Metaphilosophical View: Between Philosophical Naturalism and Philosophy as Literature

Philippe Mach
Ethics and Aesthetics: Reuniting the Siamese Twins

Catherine Wilson
Mach, Musil, and Modernism

Tamás Demeter
Mental Fictionalism: The Very Idea