Commiserating with Devastated Things (Hardcover)
Milan Kundera and the Entitlements of Thinking (Perspectives in Continental Philosophy)
Fordham University Press, 9780823268207, 256pp.
Publication Date: November 19, 2015
Commiserating with Devastated Things seeks to understand the place Milan Kundera calls "the universe of the novel." Working through Kundera's oeuvre as well as the continental philosophical tradition, Wirth argues that Kundera transforms--not applies--philosophical reflection within literature.Reading between Kundera's work and his self-avowed tradition, from Kafka to Hermann Broch, Wirth asks what it might mean to insist that philosophy does not have a monopoly on wisdom, that the novel has its own modes of wisdom that challenge philosophy's.