This lecture is introduced by Prof. Rosi Braidotti.
Within the Humanities, analytic philosophy has claimed a virtual monopoly on defining, defending, and producing truth. Of course, moral philosophers often advert to literature for a detailed example of a moral quandary or to consider a persuasive representation of a complex psychological disposition. However, the production of philosophical knowledge is characteristically presented as involving reason and argument whereas literary meaning is produced through imagination and persuasion. This paper will challenge the disconnection between reason and imagination, argument and persuasion, and truth and fiction, through a critical engagement with the work of George Eliot.